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Popular manager Thomas Gronnemark will leave Liverpool at the end of this season

Thomas Gronnemark will leave Liverpool at the end of the season after five years as specialist throw-in manager at the club.

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The Dane linked up with Jürgen Klopp at the start of the 2018-19 season after the Reds manager found his side were losing possession too often to his own shooting.

Liverpool were initially 18th in the Premier League for taking throw-ins under pressure, meaning they often lost the ball when play resumed, but the Gronnemark manager has seen a dramatic increase at Anfield, to the point where he has retained possession over 68% of the time.

It was a result that lifted them to first place in England and second in Europe, behind only FC Midtjylland, the other specialist club at the time.

Gronnemark’s first two full seasons at Anfield – visiting Merseyside around six times a season – saw Liverpool win the Premier League and Champions League, also celebrating their first ever Club World Cup in December 2019.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions, exacerbated by the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, have made it more difficult for Gronnemark to visit as often as he could have previously and it is clear that has therefore limited the coach in the number of sessions he has given at the club in recent years.

The nature of the 21/22 campaign, with the Reds playing a total of 63 games, also reduced the time available to the coaching staff on the training pitches, which inevitably had a knock-on effect on Gronnemark’s time with the players of the first team.

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The popular Gronnemark has since remained in position to oversee Liverpool’s throw-ins, but most of the work undertaken in recent times has been detailed remote analysis rather than hands-on coaching on the training grounds of the Reds’ AXA Center in Kirkby.

Gronnemark, who also assists Ajax, Toulouse, Brentford, Philadelphia Union and Mexican club Pachuca, was last on Merseyside last month, taking charge of his final sessions at Liverpool before speaking to Klopp about their respective future.

It is understood by ECHO that Liverpool will want to use their own in-house coaches from next season as Klopp will be forging his way back to the top flight of English football this summer and Gronnemark will not be able to go to the club’s Kirkby base as often as he did At the beginning of their working relationship, it was mutually agreed that he will now leave for good.

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“This job [at Liverpool] has changed my life and helped my family, so I’m forever grateful to Jurgen, the staff and the players. And it also meant a lot to the fans around the world.”

“I pinched my arm the first time I joined to see if it was real and now our work has not only made a huge difference to the club but also helped me reach a position where I can change something in football.

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