Pundit delivers 'dinosaur' verdict after intriguing Liverpool reveal via Pearce
Jurgen Klopp should not be “hailed a genius” for bringing in neuroscientists to help Liverpool with set-pieces, according to Paul Robinson.
The former Premier League goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said Sam Allardyce was “called a dinosaur” for his focus on set-plays in the past.
As revealed by The Athletic‘s James Pearce on October 11th, Liverpool have enlisted the help of German neuroscientist Niklas Hausler and his friend Patrick Hantschke to improve their set-piece output.
The duo improve athlete’s precision by using electrodes to help them reach their optimal mental state.
Liverpool’s five goals from corners in the Premier League this season – more than any other side – suggests the technology is working.
When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his thoughts on Klopp’s use of technology for marginal gains, Robinson said:
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“There is a coach for everything these days. The introduction of a throwing coach made me laugh last year. Where do you stop with individual coaches?
“Klopp is not reinventing the wheel. Sam Allardyce worked on set-pieces a lot when I was at Blackburn, but he did it himself. He was called a dinosaur for it. All of a sudden, Klopp does it and he’s hailed a genius. Managers are there to manage and coach at the end of the day. You can only have so many members of staff.
“Set plays are vitally important. They win games. When you have players like Van Dijk, you have a huge opportunity to score goals from set plays.
“Klopp is not reinventing the wheel though. It has been the case for years.”