Liverpool throw-in coach open to working with Premier League rivals

Liverpool's throw-in coach has admitted he is open to working with other Premier League clubs, including the Reds' rivals.

Thomas Gronnemark's role at Melwood has roused plenty of interest with the Dane credited with revolutionising Liverpool's play from throw-ins.

A former athlete himself, Gronnemark once broke the world record for the longest throw and now works as a freelance coach in his field.

His services were sought out by Liverpool in 2018 and he has continued to work alongside Jurgen Klopp and his players since.

But despite Liverpool keeping him on at the club for another season, Gronnemark insists he is under no obligation to stick solely to working with the Merseyside outfit.

"If you are looking at what we have done together with the throw-ins, then it was an easy decision [to extend my Liverpool contract], but it is important to say I am a freelance coach," Gronnemark told the Blood Red podcast (via the Echo ).

"I have had requests from rival teams and I can, if I want, coach other teams also in the Premier League. I have no exclusive contract with Liverpool FC so you can say it is my own decision."

Gronnemark already coaches a direct rival to Liverpool, as he works with Ajax who are in the same Champions League group.

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He has also worked with FC Midtjylland – another of Liverpool's Group D opponents – as well as Red Bull Leipzig.

Pressed further on his plans going forward, Gronnemark replied: "The first couple of years, I have been saying that I won’t coach rival teams to Liverpool in the Premier League because I am a freelance coach, but coronavirus is affecting me like everyone else.

"I have to earn money to put food on the table for my family. Right now I am not coaching any rival teams to Liverpool. But let’s see. I am freelance and let’s see what the future brings, but I am happy at Liverpool."

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