Historical Football Kits

 

Liverpool

Change Kits

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Kit History

1892-1896 A

liverpool fc 1896-97 change kit

1896-1897 A

liverpool 1904 change kit

1900-1906 A

liverpool 1906-07 change kit

1906-1907 A

liverpool 1909 change kit

1909-1911 A

liverpool fc change kit v aresenal 1911

1911-1921 A

liverpool 1928 change kit

1921-1931 A

liverpool 1929-35 change kit

1931-1936 A

liverpool 1946 change kit

1938-1952 A

1953-1954 A

liverpool fc change kit 1957-58 (warm waether version)

1957-1958 A (1)

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liverpool fc 1957-58 change kit

1957-1958 A (2)

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liverpool 1957 change kit

April 1958 A (3)

1960-1963 A

liverpool 1964 change kit

1964-1968 A

liverpool kit v ajax 1966

1966 EUR

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liverpool 1969 change kit

1968-1970 A

liverpool 1972 change kit

1972-1973 A

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1975-1976 A

Umbro
liverpool 1978 change kit

1976-1979 A

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Umbro

1977 FA Cup Final

Umbro
liverpool 1976-79 third kit

1979 3rd

Umbro
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1979-1982 A

Umbro

1979-1981 3rd

Umbro

1981-1982 3rd

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liverpool 1982 away kit

1982-1984 A

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liverpool 1984 away kit

1984-1985 A

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liverpool 1985 away kit

1985-1986 A

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1985-1986 3rd

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liverpool 1986 away kit

1986-1987 A

Adidas

1986-1987 3rd

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liverpool 1987 away kit

1987-1988 A

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1988-1989 A

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liverpool 1989 third kit

1988-1989 3rd

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liverpool 1989 away kit

1989-1991 A

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liverpool 1991 away kit

1991-1992 A

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1992-1993 A

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liverpool 1993 away kit

1993-1995 A

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liverpool 1994-96 third kit

1994-1996 3rd

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liverpool 1996 away kit

1995-1996 A

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liverpool 1996 away kit

1996-1997 A

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liverpool 1997 away kit

1997-1998 A 98-99 3rd

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liverpool 1998 away kit

1998-1999 A 99-00 3rd

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liverpool 1999 away kit

1999-2000 A 00-01 3rd

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liverpool 2000 away kit

2000-2001 A 01-02 3rd

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2001-2002 A 02-03 3rd

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liverpool 2002 away kit

2002-2003 A 03-04 3rd

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2003-2004 A 04-05 3rd

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liverpool 2004 away kit

2004-2005 A 05-06 3rd

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liverpool 2005 away kit

2005-2006 A

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liverpool 2006 away kit

2006-2007 A

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liverpool 2006 third kit

2006-2007 3rd

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2007-2008 A

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liverpool 2007 euro away kit

2007-2008 Eur

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2008-2009 A

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2008-2009 3rd

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liverpool 2009-10 away kit

2009-2010 A

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liverpool 2009-10 euro kit

2009-2010 3rd

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liverpool 2010-11 away kit

2010-2011 A

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liverpool 2010-11 third kit

2010-2011 3rd

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liverpool 2011-12 away kit

2011-2012 A

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liverpool 2011-12 third kit

2011-2012 3rd

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liverpool fc 2012-13 away kit

2012-2013 A

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liverpool 2012-13 third kit

2012-2013 3rd

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liverpool fc 2013-14 away kit

2013-2014 A

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liverpool 2013-14 third kit

2013-2014 3rd

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liverpool fc 2014-15 change kit

2014-2015 A

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liverpool fc 2014-15 3rd kit

2014-2015 3rd

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Background

When, in 1896, Liverpool first adopted red and white as their first choice, they also bought a set of white woollen jerseys with black collar for use as a change kit.

In 1901 Liverpool FC adopted the Liver bird as their official emblem and won the first of their many League championships: their change colours at the time consisted of white woolen jerseys with a red yoke worn with their usual white knickers and red stockings. In 1911 they adopted black and white striped shirts and these were used regularly over the next decade until plain white shirts with red facings were adopted.

Around 1931 Liverpool adopted their familiar change kit consisting of white shirts with red trim and black shorts worn with the home stockings of the period. The club badge was not worn except in FA Cup finals until the mid 1950s.

Between 1911 and 1920 pre-season trial matches were played between "Reds" and "Stripes," implying that Liverpool's change shirts may have been striped. Contemporary newspaper reports indicate that Liverpool played in red and white stripes stripes against Arsenal in 1911, Middlesbrough in 1914 or 1915 and at Aston Villa in 1919. The Liverpool Echo (8 November 1913) describes "paralysed pink costumes" against Burnley, possibly a reference to the worn out, faded state of the shirts.

The first variation on the white/black tradition came in 1979 when an all-yellow third kit was worn in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Maine Road. The outfit was rarely used but proved popular and in 1982 all-yellow with red trim became the team's official change strip.

Between 1977 and 1984, Liverpool won the European Cup four times. Although they wore their usual home kits in these matches, UEFA regulations at that time did not permit shirt sponsorship, so the 1981 shirts worn were without sponsors' logos and even the Umbro trademark was covered up with sticky tape. Commemorative crests were worn for each final.

Both white and yellow kits were used until 1987 when Adidas introduced a silver-grey strip which became the standard colour for their change kits for the next four seasons. Subtle grey trimmings also featured on the home strips of the period. In 1991 Adidas introduced yet another innovative outfit that broke with tradition with a bottle-green and white kit with bold white stripes, mirrored on the home kit. These attracted quite a lot of criticism from supporters who thought the three-stripe motif associated with the manufacturer was too dominant. Three more away kits featuring bottle-green were introduced before Reebok took over in 1996.

There was at the time a fashion for introducing unusual colours to away kits and Reebok followed suit with a shirt that became known as "ecru", a term that seemed more market friendly than "beige." In 1997 Liverpool returned to tradition with an all-yellow change kit followed by a white and black one in 1998. The club now adopted the practice of introducing one new kit on an annual rotating basis: so this season's away kit was used as a third kit the following season and one of the three kits was changed each year, providing supporters with a new product to spend their cash on each season. Cynical observers accuse clubs, who submitted to pressure to retain kits for two seasons, of using this rotation to exploit the market.

Over the next few seasons the new change kits owed little to tradition and were in completely different colour schemes each year although the 2003 and 2005 kits were re inventions of the classic white, black and red strip. Liverpool also followed the example of Manchester United and a number of leading European clubs by introducing special editions of their home kit for European competition.

In 2006 Adidas once again became Liverpool's kit partner and their designs over the next few seasons paid homage to the full range of traditional colour schemes associated with this great club.

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Sources

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  • A = Away (change) kit
  • 3rd = Third choice kit
  • EUR = European home kit
  • Eur = European away kit

Crest details for European Cup Final strips provided by Dave Atkinson. Crest are the property of Liverpool FC.

Photograph courtesy of lay77ours4keeps.