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Liverpool fans reflect on the Being:Liverpool documentary from 2012

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Plenty of Liverpool fans continue to rue the club’s decision eight years ago to commission Being:Liverpool, a behind-the-scenes documentary lifting the lid on certain aspects at Anfield.

Today in The Athletic, James Pearce wrote about the inside story of the fly-on-the-wall Fox Sports series, with ex-Reds player Jamie Carragher telling him that he felt it was “a bit embarrassing” and that “everyone was cringing a bit watching it”. The journalist tweeted a link to the piece via @JamesPearceLFC.

Among the clips featured in Being:Liverpool are ex-Anfield managing director Ian Ayre travelling through the Merseyside city on a Harley-Davidson motorbike, newly-installed manager Brendan Rodgers threatening to evict a teenage Raheem Sterling from a training camp in the USA over a moment of insubordination and the ex-Reds boss telling the squad he had envelopes which contained the names of “three people who will let us down this year”.  [via The Athletic]

At the time of the documentary’s filming and release, Liverpool had finished a lowly eighth in the previous Premier League season and would end the 2012/13 campaign only one position higher. Since the release of Being:Liverpool, several clubs have released fly-on-the-wall series on platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime, including Sunderland, Juventus, Manchester City and Tottenham.

These Liverpool fans on Twitter insisted that the decision to sanction such an idea at Anfield in 2012 was wrong, with one Kopite labelling it a “PR disaster“:

Did you think the Anfield club erred in commissioning the Being:Liverpool documentary in 2012? Does it still make you cringe now? Comment below with your views!

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