Manchester United have missed out on the chance to lure thrown-ins coach (yes that is a real job) Thomas Gronnemark from Liverpool after the freelance trainer announced he has signed a new deal with the Premier League champions until the end of the 2020-21 season.
Gronnemark had been employed by Liverpool on a freelance basis for the last two years amid speculation that domestic rivals United or Tottenham Hotspur could prise his services away from Anfield.
The German coach is highly-rated by the Liverpool hierarchy including Jurgen Klopp himself who personally approached the him two years ago in the hope his unique training methods would benefit his Liverpool side, as per Daily Star.
Speaking to Football Times back in March this year, Gronnemark explained his passion for training players how to take effective throw-ins, he said: “The only thing I can say is that people are calling throw-ins ‘marginal gains’ but I think that’s a really bad misconception because it’s not a marginal gain.
“If you look at throw-ins, if you look at the situation just before the throw-in is given and then the following situation, the defending and attacking throw-ins are taking approximately 15 to 20 minutes of a match.”
During an interview earlier this month with German outlet Kicker, as quoted by Liverpool Echo, Gronnemark said: “I don’t know, maybe I’ll be with Tottenham or Manchester United next year, as I’m not tied down as a freelancer.
“I’m just not allowed to be a direct competitor in any one season, that’s my rule.”
However, all speculation surrounding the coach’s future has come to an end after he tweeted a message saying: “I’m happy and proud to announce that I have signed a new contract with Liverpool FC for the 20/21 season.
“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’.”
I’m happy and proud to announce that I have signed a new contract with Liverpool FC for the 20/21 season🖋
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
— Thomas Gronnemark (@ThomasThrowin) July 30, 2020