This morning, throw-in coach and friend of The Liverpool Offside Thomas Gronnemark took to Twitter to announce that he will once again be providing his specialist services to Jurgen Klopp and the Reds.
Although Klopp and Liverpool were openly mocked by certain segments of the British media for hiring a throw-in coach in the summer of 2018, it’s difficult to argue with the results.
Since Gronnemark has been involved, Liverpool have posted 97 and 99 points in the Premier League, winning one league title, a Champions League, a UEFA Super Cup, and a FIFA Club World Cup.
And according to Gronnemark’s website: “Liverpool FC has improved their throw-in possession under pressure with my training going from 45.4% (17/18 season) to 68.4% (18/19 season.) In the 19/20 season, we have scored 13 goals after throw-in situations all over the pitch.”
We’re still waiting on that goal from a Joe Gomez long throw-in though. Kidding. Mostly.
A large percentage of the punditry surrounding Gronnemark’s coaching has focused on “marginal gains,” but the above stats are hardly marginal at all. Indeed, Liverpool’s ability to retain possession from throw-ins is now consistently one of the best in Europe, right up there with another one of Gronnemark’s teams, FC Midtjylland.
FC Midtjylland, incidentally, also won the league title in Denmark this year. It’s a rare Denmark-England title double!
At this point it seems a no-brainer to keep Gronnemark onboard, and that’s precisely what Liverpool have done. So, welcome back to Merseyside for another season, Thomas!
I'm happy and proud to announce that I have signed a new contract with Liverpool FC for the 20/21 season— Thomas Gronnemark (@ThomasThrowin) July 30, 2020
I'm a freelance throw-in coach, and there is great interest from other clubs at the moment. Looking forward to help more teams with "The Long, Fast and Clever Throw-in"⚽️ pic.twitter.com/va0DBrvoHY