Reality TV Show Reveals Liverpool's Offseason Struggles
EPL club Liverpool's "transfer window bungling is exposed in the first episode of a fly-on-the-wall TV series about the club," according to Nick Harris of the London DAILY MAIL. In the six-part documentary, Manager Brendan Rodgers insists, "it would 'take something incredible' for Andy Carroll to leave -- not long before the striker departs to join West Ham." The show, which begins on Channel 5 on Sept. 21, "will add to the controversy over the club's American owners Fenway Sports Group." It shows Rodgers "staunchly defending 23-year-old Carroll," only for the Geordie forward to be shipped out to West Ham on loan. The makers of the series, called "Being: Liverpool," have been given "unprecedented access to the club and players." The biggest story of Liverpool's summer "was the sacking of club legend Kenny Dalglish as manager." The moment of Dalgish's sacking is not shown, which raises questions over how much Liverpool, as partners in the venture, has been able to "sanitise" the final cut. A senior spokesperson for FOX, which is screening the series in the U.S. said last week that Dalgish's sacking would be featured in the first episode. He also said that "the hunt for Dalgish's successor would be in the first show" (DAILY MAIL, 9/8).