Liverpool approached by Netflix for access-all-areas documentary

18 September 2017
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Liverpool could be the subject of a fly-on-the-wall documentary, with streaming giants Netflix and Amazon Prime both making approaches.


Five years after the notorious, and somewhat reputation-damaging, Being: Liverpool, the Reds have been asked to allow TV cameras behind the scenes again.

As the popularity of modern football grows worldwide, the demand for a more intimate approach has grown too.

And according to a report, this has seen both Netflix and Amazon look to corner a lucrative market with a view to producing an access-all-areas documentary.

This would follow in the footsteps of similar programming focusing on NFL in the United States, with the Premier League seemingly the target.

It is claimed that Liverpool have been approached along with Man City and Chelsea, though no deal is in place at this stage.

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Man United, however, have already ruled themselves out, acknowledging the benefits of producing and, crucially, editing a similar package in-house.

The report speculates that “as current TV rights deals would make documentary filming more problematic once the season gets under way,” any coverage would likely focus on pre-season.

This immediately conjures memories of Being: Liverpool, which saw Fox Soccer follow Brendan Rodgers’ preparations for the 2012/13 campaign in a six-part series.

It famously included a training-ground dressing down from the Ulsterman for Raheem Sterling, which brought unwelcome focus on the teenager.

Elsewhere, it revealed an interesting tactic from Rodgers in motivating his squad ahead of the season, claiming he had three names in envelopes “who will let us down this year.”

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The documentary did Rodgers no favours, depicting the manager as akin to The Office‘s David Brent, and detracting from a largely productive summer.

While it was clear Rodgers was not averse to TV cameras, whether Jurgen Klopp would be receptive to such an idea is questionable.

The German has been critical of the commercial aspect of Liverpool’s pre-season schedule, preferring to focus on the development of his side in training.


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