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A Look Back at Liverpool’s Best Home Kit From Each Supplier

Now that we’ve seen the leaks of Nike’s first ever offering as Liverpool’s kit maker, we look back at the best from Umbro, Reebok, Adidas, Warrior, and New Balance.

John Barnes

With no football being played, Liverpool fans (and all others for that matter) are just waiting for the smallest glimmer of news to get excited about. Well, earlier in the week we got our first really good look at Nike’s first offering as the Liverpool kit supplier. Personally, I think it’s a pretty great looking kit, minus the whole situation going on in the back of the collar. It got me thinking, what are the best home kits from each of the Liverpool Kit suppliers? Since I write for a Liverpool blog and and get to subject you all to my ramblings and musings, here you go.

Adidas 1989-1991

Adidas gets the award for being Liverpool’s kit supplier of the longest period of the club’s history, from 1985/89 to 1995/96, and then again from 2006/07 to 2011/12. There are some truly iconic kits from Adidas (along with some truly garish ones), but my favorite has to be the 1989-1991 offering. The collar is chunky but not overpowering, The print is semi-abstract, and to me evokes fireworks, similar to the squads that wore this kit. The script “Candy” sponsor name fits well with the playfulness of the kit, which is rounded out by the old school Adidas logo. A strong second place is the 1996/97 kit.

John Barnes and Peter Beardsley with First Division Trophy 1990 Photo by Dan Smith/Allsport/Getty Images

New Balance 2017-18

The Boston-based company has provided some fairly simple, but beautiful, home kits. The away and thirds kits have been a bot of an adventure in color and style, however. The 2017/18 kit is a clean, classic look without being too boring. The collar and the sleeve give it a retro feel, and they pop against the deep red color of the kit itself.

Liverpool v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Reebok 1996-1998

Ah, Reebok. They were the kit supplier during the time of the baggy jersey. You have to imagine how much faster the players would have been if they had not been wearing de facto parachutes as a jersey. There’s not a lot of greatness from the Reebok kits overall, but the 1996-1998 offering is my favorite of the bunch. If you can get past the bagginess and the over-large LFC crest, there are some really nice aspects. The floppy collar is not overly floppy, and when you look closely at the fabric, there is a subtle pattern of liverbirds.

Soccer - FA Carling Premiership - Newcastle United v Liverpool Photo by Michael Steele/EMPICS via Getty Images

Umbro 1982-83

The English company was the first official kit provider of Liverpool, starting in 1973. The majority of the Liverpool kits from that era were pretty similar from year to year. 1982/83 was the first time the kit ever had pinstripes, in a better version of this year’s kit.

FA Charity Shield 1982 Photo by Mark Leech/Offside/Getty Images

Warrior 2013-14

While Warrior provided us with some of the ugliest kits of all time, they did manage to create a couple truly great home kits. The 2013/14 kit was an absolute beauty featuring a deep shade of red that has continued on through this years home kit. It was a seemingly simple kit with some modern touches. The subtle pattern gave it some nice detail, and the yellow lettering and logo looked fantastic on Daniel Sturridge when he danced.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Everton v Liverpool - Goodison Park Photo by Barrington Coombs - PA Images via Getty Images

So these are my favorites. Now, you get to tell me how wrong I am. Let me know your favorite home kits from in the comments below.

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