Liverpool’s specialist throw-in coach Thomas Gronnemark states Jurgen Klopp’s innovative approach to management is helping to build”something special” in Anfield.
Klopp made headlines last year when he included his training team and Gronnemark midway.
The Dane, who holds the world record for the longest throw-in at 51.33m, had a direct impact on the technique of the club’s full-backs – most especially Joe Gomez.
Liverpool went on to claim their sixth European Cup after that year and Gronnemark is not surprised to observe the Reds flourishing under Klopp.
“Jurgen is an innovator,” Gronnemark told The Athletic. “He’s a leader who claims he doesn’t understand everything and is willing to follow folks if they have knowledge to take the bar forward.
“If you have a leader who wants complete control and thinks he knows best about what then that will influence your workers.
“Although you are among the best clubs on the planet, it doesn’t mean you’ve got to do precisely the identical thing as you did yesterday. You really feel like you are speaking with a buddy, when you fulfill with Jurgen. He succeeds lots.
“To allow a guy into the club that was pretty much unknown in England and say to him’we want all of your knowledge to place it in the training programme’, that reveals a good deal of trust and excellent leadership.
“He’s great at getting the best out of individuals. It is far more egocentric at other clubs. There’s a pride among the team and the players. They feel a part of something special.
“Sometimes I will stop and look at the players in front of me and think,’Oh, this is crazy’. I’m working.
“Initially, I had a contract for the first half of the year then it had been extended for the second half and now I have one for the complete season.
“I really don’t think many folks are laughing today. I believe most folks in football look at it and say’Okay, there has to be something in it’.”