If you, like me, find yourself alternating between excited energy and existential dread while anticipating tomorrow’s North London Derby, maybe you can use this to distract yourselves for a while. Liverpool has posted “behind the scenes” footage, aka “tunnel-cam video” from last weekend’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur on YouTube, and it gives a little peek behind the curtain of what turned out to be a pretty dramatic match.
I’m a sucker for stuff like this. Although the players know that there are cameras on them at all times, it’s still a rare look at what happens behind the scenes of the on-pitch action. You get to see the players and coaching staff interact with each other and also see their reactions as they take and leave the pitch.
I particularly enjoyed watching the little kids by the tunnel in Liverpool red asking Dele Alli to high five them on his way out to warm up (he ignored them, that’s cold, Dele). I also liked seeing the interactions between players after the match, who seemed strangely not-pissed-off: Danny Ings greeting his shirtless former Burnley teammate Kieran Trippier, Dejan Lovren giving Mauricio Pochettino a hug, and Jan Vertoghen catching up with Simon Mignolet. It was neat.
It’s almost like professional footballers are less likely to be caught up in football club-related tribalism! Crazy, I know!