LIVERPOOL have given their specialist throw-in coach Thomas Gronnemark a new one-year deal.
The appointment of the Dane at Anfield in 2018 raised a few eyebrows but he is now credited with dramatically improving the re-start set-pieces at the Reds.
When he arrived on Merseyside, even Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted he had never heard of a throw-in coach before.
Now Reds stars including Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson and Joe Gomez have all benefitted from Gronnemark's expert tuition.
Gronnemark, who once held the Guinness World Record for the longest throw-in at 51.33m, tweeted to say he was happy to be retained by the Prem giants.
He said: "Proud to tell that I have signed a contract for my fifth season as a throw-in coach in Liverpool FC and three other pro clubs.
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"I discovered throw-ins when I saw my big cousins doing long throw-ins in the mid '80s.
"So take your time – you might start a passion."
Gronnemark is a freelance coach and has worked for clubs including Ajax, RB Leipzig, Gent, Atlanta United and FC Midtjylland.
He convinced the Reds he could help them make a key marginal gains through better use of the 40-50 throw-ins he estimates to take place in a match.
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Gronnemark teaches techniques including the long throw-in, and also the fast throw-in to set-up counter-attacks.
He is also an advocate of the 'clever throw-in', which is aimed at keeping possession under pressure.
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