Mark Larewson has blasted Liverpool's decision to make a behind-the-scenes documentary about life at Anfield – and said the Reds’ iconic manager Bill Shankly would be ‘turning in his grave’.
The six-part documentary details life under new manager Brendan Rodgers as he attempts to mould his players into a winning team ahead of the 2012/13 Premier League season.
The show has received a mixed response since the first episode aired last month, with the portrayal of Rodgers in particular causing some unintentionally funny moments, including the revelation that the 39-year-old has a large pop-art portrait of himself in his living room.
However Lawrenson, who played 241 games for Liverpool in the 1980’s, winning five league titles and one European Cup, has failed to see the funny side and, writing in his column for the Daily Mirror, also took the opportunity to hit out at Liverpool’s American owners.
“What on earth is Brendan Rodgers doing in this programme Being: Liverpool?' he said.
'I’m sorry, I just think this show comes across as American schmalz. It’s totally ill-advised and some of the stuff that I have seen so far in the first three episodes is cringeworthy.
'I think everybody shares that point of view. The problem is, once you get American owners intent on doing it and intent on getting everyone involved it’s extremely difficult.
Despite the gloss painted over the club in the documentary series, life under Rodgers at Liverpool has not gone to plan thus far.
Liverpool have picked up just six points from their first seven games and only won once in the league, something they failed to change with a 0-0 draw against Stoke at Anfield on Sunday.
'Well, at the moment the club isn’t doing particularly well,” Lawrenson wrote. “The soundbites are great but it’s plain for everyone to see that there is a lot wrong.”
The 55-year-old Match of the Day pundit also put the boot in to his former club over the tv show by claiming greats from the club’s past, including iconic managers Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan, would not approve.
“One other thing. The show I saw on Saturday ended up with Ian Ayre, the chief executive, jumping on his Harley Davison and riding through the city.
'Come on!! Shankly would be turning in his grave. So would Paisley and Fagan and all of those Liverpool legends.'
The 4th episode of Being: Liverpool airs in the UK on Friday.