3 Things the Fox Documentary 'Being: Liverpool' Has Taught Us so Far
The new Fox documentary Being: Liverpool offers a rare insight into the inner workings of one of the most storied clubs in English football.
The documentary, which premiered a few weeks ago, has given viewers the chance to see what the life of a footballer is like. Furthermore, it has given viewers the chance to see the preparations that Brendan Rodgers has made since being hired as Liverpool boss to ensure success at the club.
Interviews with Lucas, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher from within their own homes and from Melwood remind us exactly how human these players are, and how tightly knit this group is.
Let's take a look at some of the things that Being: Liverpool has taught us about being Liverpool.
Brendan Rodgers Has Fully Immersed Himself in His Job
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Brendan Rodgers is not taking the opportunity of being Liverpool manager lightly. He understands that this is the chance of a lifetime.
Therefore, he has immersed himself in the club. From the first day, he was learning everyone's names, all the way down to the cafeteria staff and the Anfield groundsman.
Rodgers understands that to be associated with Liverpool Football Club is to be part of a giant family, and he makes that clear on the show (via The Independent):
It doesn't matter whether you're a football player or one of the cleaners, it doesn't matter to me, it's about respect. If we end up in years to come winning the Premier League, they will have had just as much to do with it as me who sat here.
The man has shown good, honest values and a down-to-earth persona so far in the show. He is clearly humbled by the experience of becoming Liverpool manager. This is the type of attitude Liverpool needs.
The Players Seem to Really Like Rodgers
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Interviews with the players have shown they're all pleased with Rodgers' coaching style and philosophy, which is extremely important.
Senior players, such as Gerrard and Carragher, have expressed their content with how Rodgers handles their seniority and how he hasn't tried to make them do anything new to their game.
Younger players, such as Jon Flanagan, have also said in interviews that they enjoy how involved Rodgers is in the development of the less experienced members of the team.
The documentary shows several scenes in which he pulls the youngsters aside and gives them advice on what he likes about their game. This shows that Rodgers is really involved in making them better players.
Rodgers Hasn't Been Afraid to Stamp His Authority on the Team
Many of us saw the Being: Liverpool sneak peek, which saw Brendan Rodgers call out starlet Raheem Sterling in the middle of practice for back-talking him.
This type of discipline is exactly what Liverpool need in this time of transition, for the youngsters in particular.
Rodgers tells the group they're lucky to be at a club like Liverpool, and if they talk back to him again, they'll be "on the first plane back."
This discipline has manifested itself in Sterling's brilliant play for the Reds this season. The youngster is rapidly becoming one of Liverpool's best players, which comes down to discipline on the training field.
It's important that Rodgers has done well in terms of disciplining his players when he needs to and rewarding them when they deserve it. It has led to a tightly knit and focused group.