Liverpool FC documentary to air next month
The cameras are rolling on Merseyside, following the ups and downs of Liverpool's recent form and fortunes - sorry, did I say “ups”? And “fortunes”?
August 22nd, 2012
Riding on the back of Stateside success with his HBO 24/7 series – in which sports stars were captured up close in preparations for big boxing matches and traditional NHL ice hockey games – multiple award-winning executive producer Scott Boggins has turned his hand to transforming the Liverpool brand into an American success story.
The crew arrived to begin filming as the League Cup winners prepared for a gruelling FA Cup Final – a one-off crunch match with everything on the line, just like every great underdog-done-good story you’d see on American TV.
Liverpool lost. And their manager Kenny Dalglish was sacked – although the faltering Premier League finish of 8th was more likely the reason.
And so, with the club’s not entirely photogenic statesman gone, Liverpool brought in Brendan Rodgers – charismatic and talented with those TV star chiselled good looks – to give the fans (and the cameras) something to smile about.
Cue the montage: the players on the training ground; blurry quick cuts of dramatic saves and skills, coupled with fans’ euphoria and pain, agony and ecstasy, complete with overly dramatic music that wouldn’t be out of place in a war film. Except, to paraphrase another Anfield icon, this isn’t war – it’s far more important.
Being: Liverpool also followed the team over the pre-season tour of Canada and the US (two draws and a loss) along with the big opening day of Premier League action (lost 3-0 to West Brom). Production wraps following this weekend’s home game against defending champions Manchester City; a fitting conclusion to what has so far been a rough filming schedule. Hopefully it will provide for some non- schadenfreude entertainment when the programme airs next month on Channel 5.