THIS Friday sees the six-part Fox documentary about LFC, ‘Being: Liverpool’, hit UK screens for the first time.
If you live in the US or know your way around the internet you’ve probably already seen episode one of this look behind the scenes at Anfield and Melwood but for those of us who know how to wait for things, and how to avoid spoilers, there’s still time to cancel your usual Friday night plans so you can tune into Channel 5 at 9pm. Although if your Friday night plans are really good you can always record it.
The trailer features a familiar voice to TAW podcast listeners: the Fox crew filmed in the CityTalk studios after Liverpool announced Brendan Rodgers as new boss and Neil Atkinson can be heard – and seen – getting that particular discussion going. A discussion that’s still going, of course.
According to the makers, “Being: Liverpool represents the first time that a top Barclays Premier League football club has opened its doors to allow cameras to document what it takes to compete at the highest level. The series will chronicle life inside the club from the perspective of the players, coaches, management, and ownership as they deal with the calamitous end to the 2011 –2012 season, through the hiring of a new leader, and the potential resurrection that a new season can bring.”
For some the new season has got off to a calamitous start too – two points in four games tends to look that way – but with Rodgers on board there is much hope throughout the club that it’s the start of a new, exciting, era that will eventually see Liverpool get back to where they used to be. The documentary should allow supporters to see a bit more about his philosophies and maybe that will help them judge if the new boss deserves – and needs – more patience than perhaps previous incumbents have been given. By the time the series ends the Reds will be half-way through their Europa League group games and will have played around half a dozen more league games – the manager is unlikely to be getting judged on his documentary performance by that stage.
The series begins at the end of last season with the major changes that came with the departure of Kenny Dalglish and the arrival of Rodgers, along with a number of other wholesale changes around the club. Pre-season training gets underway and as we now know not all of the returning players shown were still at the club by the time the transfer window closed – and not all were replaced. For now though the series is focussed on the earlier stages of the summer rather than the apparent mess of the last few days of it. As this clip shows, Rodgers was trying hard to get his philosophies across to the players at his disposal and, especially, to the British players.
The tour of the US also features in the first episode with Lucas Leiva, Luis Suarez, Jon Flanagan, Charlie Adam and new boy Fabio Borini flying over to the homeland of the owners and the documenary makers. Staying behind having been involved right up until the final of Euro 2012 was Pepe Reina and he’s shown here with his not entirely interested family at home.
The show airs exclusively on Channel 5 starting Friday 21st September at 9pm.