Thursday 23 May 2019

Liverpool unveil new 1980s-inspired pin-striped kit for next season

Liverpool have unveiled their new kit for next season, which takes inspiration from legendary former manager Bob Paisley's final, title-winning season of of 1982/83.

The kit, which will be made by New Balance for the fifth season running, will incorporate white pinstripes in addition to the traditional red.

The pinstripes were a feature of Liverpool's shirt for two seasons between 1982 and 1984, during which time they won two league titles, a League Cup and a European Cup.

The signature of Paisley - who would have turned 100 this year - will also be printed on the inside of the neck.

Club captain Jordan Henderson said: "This year’s home kit is incredibly strong.

"I’m really looking forward to wearing it every time we play at our beloved home of Anfield, as a symbol of the pride and passion you have when you’re a Red.

"It’s also a really fitting tribute to one of our greatest managers, Bob Paisley, and is a fantastic way to remember all his success."

The unveiling came the morning after Jurgen Klopp's side eased into the Champions League semi-finals with a 4-1 win in Porto - completing a 6-1 aggregate victory. They will now face Spanish giants Barcelona in the last four while the continue to contest the Premier League title race with Manchester City.

The 2019/20 kit is set to be the last under Liverpool's current agreement with New Balance, signed in 2012 and worth in excess of £40m a season.

The club have been linked with a record deal with Nike that could eclipse Manchester United's £75m-a-year Adidas partnership.

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