As Liverpool prepare for a massive clash with Manchester City in the Premier League championship chase, the Reds revealed the new home kit they hope to wear while defending their title and playing in the Champions League next season.
Liverpool provided pictures of the redesigned kit, which was developed by Warrior Sports and put on display for the public at a local event.
Steven Gerrard called it a classic:
Simon Mignolet showcased the goalkeeper kit:
Warrior Football passed along a group photo with multiple members of the Reds sporting the new jersey:
As seen in that last photo, Several Liverpool players were on hand to show off the new look. Standard Chartered remains the central sponsor on the jersey with the logos of Warrior and Liverpool also prominent. It's a pretty standard look overall.
As always, the most important thing for Warrior heading into the process was keeping the tradition of the key intact while also adding a couple slight tweaks to make it unique. It's a delicate balancing act, especially when it comes to the home uniform of a storied club like Liverpool.
If the company sways too far toward the old school it will be criticized for not being innovative enough, and if it's radically different the negative feedback would surround the lack of tradition. In the end, it's hard to please everybody.
That said, the new home kit for next season should get a passing grade from a majority of supporters. The vast red base remains, which is, of course, essential, and carries throughout the kit from top to bottom as fans around the globe would recognize.
The only major alteration is the addition of distinct white trim throughout the kit. The piping provides a little more overall contrast without changing the feel or standard look of the jersey. It also helps bring a sense of flow to the kit.
Beyond that, it's simply more of the same for Liverpool, which is a good thing.
Moving forward, the look of the kit will obviously be far less important than how the club performs in it next season. Fans would probably sign up for the most ridiculous looking jersey available if it guaranteed their favorite team multiple trophies.
Liverpool and their supporters don't have to worry about that, at least based on the home reveal. They have a traditionally strong kit ready for the new campaign, which is still several months away with a full summer of activity still to come.
As for now, the club is focused on finishing the Premier League season on a high note as the title sits within reach.