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Despite a collection of bizarre and outlandish kit releases from Warrior Sports in the years since, their 2012 home shirt represents one of the best Liverpool shirts since the turn of the millennium. A simple plain red design accentuated only by the gold/yellow badges and sponsor juxtaposes itself away from the sheer hilarity of Warrior’s later efforts (2013 third anyone?). The design also saw the rise of SAS after Sturridge teamed up with Suarez in January.
Classic Adidas Equipment template design as worn in the forgettable centenary season as the Reds finished 6th in the glitzy new Premier League. Although the nearly exact design was introduced a year earlier on the 1991 away, the combination of Carlsberg sponsor and bottle-green colouring on this one worked a treat. Honourable shout-out to the 1991 away which same utilises the same teal colouring and asymmetric stripes albeit with added Candy.
With its bold grey geometric pattern design this number was a retro homage to the classic 1989 away which began an era of patterns into the 90s. Undoubtedly a future classic, who can forget its day in the sun when Torres, Gerrard, Aurelio and Dossena humiliated United at Old Trafford.
This Carlsberg-sponsored shirt with classic Adidas Equipment design was produced with centenary detail to the crest to mark 100 years of LFC. The shirt also marked a re-work of the Liverbird crest, incorporating the Shankly Gates and the two flames of justice. Donned in the inaugural season of the Premiership when the Reds finished 6th and birthed the ‘Spice Boys’ as the likes of Redknapp, McManaman and James began to take centre stage. The iconic shoulder-stripe Adidas template was also used by Bayern Munich, Marseille and Ireland amongst others.
Despite its obvious greyness this bold away shirt has stood the test of time well. Along with the 1989 home this ground-breaking geometric design signalled the shift away from the largely conservative and simple 80s designs into the pattern-fuelled 90s. The pale metallic look of this number helped bring to life the bright red club badge, oversized Candy sponsor and Adidas trefoil. A genuine retro classic today.
The 2005 Champions League winning shirt needs no introduction. Sealing the historic number 5 earnt this simple Reebok design classic status. 12 months later Gerrard made it legendary after his stoppage time thunderbolt. With only a small amount of white detail, the largely red number ended Reebok’s 10 year spell at the helm. Also the highest non-80s shirt to feature in this list.
Arguably the first ever ‘controversial’ shirt with a mad pattern which took a bold leap away from the block colours and pinstripes seen since the dawn of replica shirts. With its geometric pattern and huge Candy sponsor (biggest ever sponsor?), this shirt forms part of a brilliant era of football shirts between the late 80s and early 90s when designs brazenly toed the line between future classic and garish monstrosity. Having lost the 1988/89 title to Arsenal in dramatic scenes, this shirt inspired the side to storm back and take the championship in 1990.
The only yellow shirt on the list and the first ever to feature pinstripes – another really classy number here. Continues on the clubs tradition of donning yellow change shirts, a practice which began in the 50s as part of a wider trend of clubs wanting to emulate Brazil. Paisley’s men did just that after wearing the shirt on their way to two successive league & league cup doubles.
Extremely rare home shirt and the last to bear a Crown Paints sponsor, ending their 5 year stay as occupiers of this precious real estate. As worn when the side eased to another league title, losing only two games. A shirt donned by a legendary squad filled with names like Hansen, Aldridge, Dalglish, Houghton, Molby, Barnes, McMahon, and Beardsley (without Rush of course) can’t go far wrong.
Undoubtedly one of the classiest and smartest shirts of all time from an era when shirts were designed with a real tailored look. White pinstripes, a thick white V-neck collar and gold badges were the only features to the design but what stunning choices they were. Memorably worn as the side won their 4th European Cup in Rome. Timeless and iconic.
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