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Make Us Dream review – the agony behind the ecstasy for Steven Gerrard

A revelatory documentary about the Liverpool stalwart, whose explanation of his career ups and downs make for fascinating viewing Apart from a somewhat redundant top-and-tail sequence in which Steven Gerrard is seen putting his feet up in a plush LA pad as he plays out his final months for the LA Galaxy, there’s a lot to admire about Sam Blair’s profile of the former Liverpool midfield dynamo who is currently embarked on the Herculean task of restoring Rangers to their former glory in the Scottish Premier League. Football documentaries often sacrifice quite a bit in return for access to their subjects (and there’s certainly significant amounts of “legend/icon/genius” burbling in Make Us Dream), but it’s Gerrard’s own readiness to open up and reveal something of the agony behind the permascowl he was famous for as a player that marks this film out.Gerrard, of course, is indelibly associated with Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League win, inspiring a comeback from three goals down against AC Milan. But it is his status as the main man of a team that never quite lived up to its supporters ambitions – or the sensational achievements of Liverpool’s 1970s and 80s vintages – that has come to define him, and Gerrard reflects on this at length: the oppressive sense of personal responsibility for the team’s fortunes, the persistent attentions of Jose Mourinho who repeatedly tried to sign him away, the pervading sense of disappointment as Liverpool kept on losing players and falling short. Gerrard is also surprisingly open about his disappointment with certain individuals, particularly Michael Owen’s decision to leave Liverpool for Real Madrid in 2004, and his “cold” relationship with manager Rafael Benitez. Continue reading...

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