Liverpool have appointed the world-record holder for the longest throw-in Thomas Gronnemark as a part-time coach on Jurgen Klopp’s backroom staff.
Thomas Gronnemark, who considers himself a professional throw-in coach and threw a football 51.33 metres in June 2010, has been hired by the club to improve their threat in dead-ball situations.
Gronnemark worked with Liverpool players during a preseason training camp as Klopp hoped to strengthen his side’s ability to retain possession after throw-ins.
Although Gronnemark is known for his long throws, he also advises players on how to use the restart to trigger their side’s attack and how to avoid putting teammates in a position where they can lose possession.
Gronnemark was most recently an assistant coach at Midtjylland and has also worked for Horsens and Viborg, as well as held sessions with the Denmark national team.
Speaking after his appointment, the newest Red said: “Midtjylland showed that the long throw-in can be a weapon, if you can do it with the correct technique, precision and tactical awareness.
“It’s very important that it’s a flat throw, because if it’s too high it’s easy to defend.
“If you can make a long throw-in precise and flat, together with some tactical aspects, then it’s much easier to score.”