Let’s be honest, it was always going to be difficult for New Balance to follow up this year’s home kit. Liverpool’s 2017/18 home kit was widely praised and arguably the best the Boston-based sporting goods manufacturer has produced since taking over as our main kit sponsor in 2012/13.
The design is hardly a shock to Liverpool faithful, seeing how images of the new kit were leaked and spread far and wide across the Liverpool blogosphere and interwebs. Compared to this year’s superb offering, the new design appears serviceable, if mundane.
The collared shirt has minimal, albeit curiously placed, white accents, and the lettering and crest are solidly white, eschewing the mix of white and yellow accents from previous recent seasons. And it appears to keep the darker shade of red, which was one of the major selling points of this year’s rendition.
The collar is always a controversial and divisive feature. To some it is a “proper football shirt.” To others, it makes the kit look like it would be best suited for a corporate retreat where Klopp and the lads can work on trust falls and the like. We see you havin’ a laugh over there, Albi, but please don’t drop Bobby.
The goalkeeper kit is changing from the more traditional green that is typically donned by Liverpool ‘keepers, instead going with a bright yellow. I wonder if Karius had a hand in the design.
One major upgrade worth mentioning is the revamping of Liverpool’s number font for non-Premier League matches. Seriously, the old font was hideous.
The kit is available for pre-order now here. The kit officially releases May 11th, not coincidentally 2 days before our final home league match.