Liverpool owners FSG have held early stages talks regarding a potential behind-the-scenes documentary despite Jurgen Klopp’s previous protests.
Fly on the wall documentaries are becoming part and parcel of modern football, following the highs and lows of a club during a season.
Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have all enjoyed Amazon Prime’s ‘All or Nothing’ treatment in recent years, while the streamer also released ‘We Are Newcastle United’ last year.
Netflix produced ‘Sunderland ‘Til I Die’, while Disney+ is the home of ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ following the club’s takeover by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. Meanwhile, Salford City’s fortunes have also been followed since being taken over by former Manchester United stars Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt, with ‘Class of ‘92: Out of their league’ airing on the BBC and ‘Class of ‘92: Full time’ airing on Sky Sports.
Yet, perhaps Liverpool went first, so to speak, when their own series ‘Being: Liverpool’ first aired on UK television on Channel Five back in 2012. The series would follow the start of the club’s 2012/13 season following the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as manager, as the Reds went on tour of the United States.
In hindsight perhaps groundbreaking, at the time the Scott Boggins-produced six-episode series was instead derided as cringe-worthy by its detractors. It would ultimately be a few more years until such documentaries became popular in the market.
Now coming up to 12 years since ‘Being: Liverpool’ first aired, Bloomberg reports that the Reds are in talks with various media groups about being part of another behind-the-scenes documentary. And they suggest that Jurgen Klopp is in favour of the project too, despite reportedly rejecting interest from Amazon’s All or Nothing series in 2018.
The ECHO have since had it confirmed by well-placed sources in the United States that early-stage talks have indeed taken place with club owners FSG.
It’ll certainly be a change of stance from the German after he made clear his views on letting cameras into his dressing room back in 2019.
“If LFCTV had put out a video of me in that situation, I would leave the club,” Klopp said in a Melwood press conference at the time. “That’s the truth and that’s all I will say about that.
Such questioning had only fallen his way after a video of then Red Bull Salzburg manager, Jesse Marsch, giving an X-rated team-talk at half-time during the Austrians’ Champions League meeting with Liverpool at Anfield went viral.
“It’s not a f*****g friendly, it’s a Champions League match,” fumed Marsch after his side had been ripped apart during a whirlwind 45 minutes at the home of the European champions.
“We’ve got to play more physical and get stuck in. Be more ruthless against Van Dijk, we play with too much respect. Too much respect.
“Are they strong? Yes. But it doesn’t mean that we should be nice to them and don’t tackle them or fight.
“They have to feel us guys, they have to know we’re f*****g here to compete, not just that we’re here to stylistically going to try and play the same way, but we came to f*****g play.”
Salzburg were 3-0 down at the time of his expletive-laden outburst. Introducing a young Erling Haaland, they would miraculously peg Liverpool back to 3-3, only for Mohamed Salah to earn the Reds a 4-3 win.
It’s worth noting that Amazon’s ‘We Are Newcastle United’ series was arguably more focused on boardroom than dressing room, perhaps protecting the inner sanctuary that Klopp had wished to protect.
Whether that would be enough to prompt a U-turn from the German remains to be seen. Regardless, it would still be a surprise, considering his previous stance, if Liverpool did again take part in a behind-the-scenes documentary while he remains in the dugout.
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