I recently read an article about one of Liverpool’s coaches. He is a throw in coach. Now, in case you are not a follower of soccer, a throw in is that moment when an opposing team is judged to be responsible for the ball being outside the main field of play.
Then, the opponent is given the chance to grab the ball and throw it over their heads towards their own player to hopefully gain from that move. I have always looked at that part of the game as something minor until last week when I read the article on Soccernet.com. Danish throw in expert Thomas Gronnemark was hired during the 2018/2019 season.
During the 2017/18 season, Liverpool were number 18 out of 20 in retaining possession under pressure from a throw in position.
A season later? They were number one in the Premiership jumping from 45.4 percent to 68.4 percent retention. Andrew Robertson’s throw in improved from 19 to 27 metres.
Drilling the team on things such as space, timing and angles, they managed to score 14 goals out of 85 from throw in situations in their 2019/20 season when they became champions. The reality is, we all have areas of our lives we consider major and others minor. But what if everything is important? What if what you call minor affects the major?
Looked at closely, the last question holds water. Because in a way, everything is part of or influences the whole system. That could be at a personal, professional, team or organisational level. Therefore, moving forward, you and I need to pay more attention. Not to consider anything trivial because everything is vital in the bigger scheme of things.