Liverpool landed in Hong Kong today for phase two of their 2017-18 pre-season earlier today, and they kicked things off on their brief Asia tour with an announcement of their third kit for next season, an orange and black number meant to evoke the original signage of Anfield’s Kop.
Or at least that’s what the official release says, as more than a few have noted its similarity to the Netherlands’ international strip and that Liverpool’s top defensive target this summer just so happens to be from that country. Either way, though, it’s orange. Really, really orange.
Fans of last season’s neon green away kit will likely love having another option they can wear while biking at night, but critics of last season’s will likely be similarly nonplussed. Though given that similarity to what the Dutch wear, there is a slightly more traditional vibe to this one.
It’s also a kit that will thankfully mean Liverpool avoid hodgepodge kit clashes when they hit the road to face sides like Arsenal and Manchester United this season—no more white shirts with red pants and black socks, as this top to bottom orange number will do the trick.
And, as the third choice kit for the coming season, that’s where it’s most likely to be used, in any game on the road where the opposition wears either red or white—the primary colour of their white and green away kit—as either shirt, socks, or shorts.
That and the announcement of the signing of Jürgen Klopp’s top defensive target. Hopefully it’ll be used when that happens, too.