Fox to air six-part documentary on Liverpool
NEW YORK (AP) -- Liverpool is giving Fox Soccer behind-the-scenes access for a six-episode documentary series.
Fox said Thursday that "Our Liverpool: Never Walk Alone" will air this fall in the U.S. and likely will be shown on networks around the world.
"I come from a background where the more supporters get to know the inside workings of the club the more they are interested in the club itself," said Liverpool chairman Tom Werner, also chairman of the Boston Red Sox. "I am not fearful of showing some behind the scenes look at what's going on because it will only increase awareness of the players."
While Liverpool is an 18-time English champion and five-time European winner, it has fallen behind Manchester United and Arsenal in U.S. interest. The Reds haven't won the league title since 1990 and are eighth this season at 12-12-10 with four games left. They did win the League Cup and will play Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley on May 5.
"I hope this proves to be such a success for Liverpool that other teams will open their doors and a project like this will not be seen as being so unique that it becomes part and parcel of every team," Fox Sports chairman David Hill said.
The series sounds similar to Showtime's "The Franchise," which focused on the San Francisco Giants last season and the Miami Marlins this year. Liverpool was bought two years ago by the parent company of the Red Sox.
"I think we are interested in raising revenues so that we can be as competitive as possible with Manchester United and Arsenal and Chelsea with the other clubs," Werner said. "And I see this as a mechanism to increase the club's popularity."
Fox said it's the first time cameras are being permitted in Liverpool's locker room at Anfield, its home since 1892. Scott Boggins, formerly of HBO's "24/7," is executive producer.
With his thick Scottish accent, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish could be hard for some viewers to understand.
"We probably will have to do a tad of captioning for Kenny," Hill said.
He holds out hope Fox one day could televise a similar series about Manchester United and manager Alex Ferguson.
"I would love to see Sir Alex do that," he said. "If people could see the real side of Sir Alex, they'd see what an incredibly bright person he really is."
And the odds of that happening?
"At this stage, 100-1 against," Hill said.
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