Over the years, Liverpool players have worn several outstanding uniforms when running out on the Anfield pitch. Over the past 30 years, they have worn some of the best and most distinctive styles of any Premier League team thanks to the major brands that produced them, including Umbro, Adidas, Reebok, New Balance, and Nike.
Well, let’s get right to it. These would be our top 5 Liverpool outfits, listed in order of appearance (not by the level of appeal).
Home Kit by Adidas, 1989–1991
This 1989–1991 Liverpool home kit layout from Adidas isn’t just one of the first to include such a prominent background pattern; it was also worn when Liverpool won the old First Division championship, which is, of course, a forerunner to the Premier League nowadays. The fans most likely didn’t anticipate having to wait 30 years to win it yet again!
It’s probably the easiest choice of all the kits. It’s impossible to debate this kit’s place in the top 5, you simply need to whether or not it’s the best ever.
What player comes to mind when you see this kit? Although there’s a strong case to be made for the renowned Ian Rush, we must choose John Barnes.
Home Kit by Adidas, 1993–1995
As you’ll easily recon from the list if you resume reading, you’ll see that we adore vintage Adidas from the 1990s. Here’s another one: the home uniform for the 1993–1995 seasons.
We’re not convinced if it would rank high on everyone’s list of the top Liverpool uniforms, but that’s not our goal. The symmetry of a centralized crest design has a nice aesthetic quality, and Adidas was able to emphasize this symmetry with three stripes extending from the jersey’s lower sides. It’s utterly incredible.
What player comes to mind when you see this kit? However, something leads us to think of Steve McManaman and his strafing sprints. We could’ve gone for Robbie Fowler but we’ll leave him for the next kit on our list. You guess it was from the 1990s!
Away Kit by Adidas, 1995–96
Given what transpired when the “Spice Boys” faced Manchester United in the 1996 FA Cup Final, the 1995–96 away kit may not be everyone’s favorite among Liverpool supporters, but in our opinion, it’s the club’s all-time best away uniform.
You wouldn’t think the off-white and green quadrant pattern would work, but Adidas pulled it off perfectly. Off-white and green accents on Adidas stripes and the classic Carlsberg sponsor, as well as the Adidas logo, crest, and bottom patch, boost the style. All of this combined with a retro granddad collar makes for a fantastic jersey. It’s a typical Adidas design from the 1990s.
What player comes to mind when you see this kit? For us, Robbie Fowler. Not just plain Robbie Fowler, but Robbie Fowler with bleached hair!
Home Kit by Reebok, 2004–2006
The memories it brings back are undoubtedly enough for this Liverpool home kit from the 2004–2006 seasons to make the list, despite the fact that it might not rank in the top five in terms of style.
Having said that, the material’s modest pattern and the white accents beneath the arm are excellent touches, and we’d say the design isn’t far from being among the best 5 overall. However, it’s the emotions that matter, and here’s the home kit that Liverpool wore at three of their most memorable moments. Starting with Steven Gerrard scoring a stunning goal against Olympiacos in the group stage to keep his team in the competition that year, but also in the Champions League Final turnaround. In the FA Cup Final the following year against West Ham, Gerrard struck in the dying seconds. A fantastic time to support Liverpool.
What player comes to mind when you see this kit? We think it’s clear. On this point, Steven Gerrard. It’s a no-brainer. We immediately see him raising his arms to excite the Istanbul audience. Wow, what a night!
Home Kit by New Balance, 2019–20
We had the option of choosing either of the final two New Balance uniforms, but we’ve decided to go with the Premier League Champions uniform, i.e., the final one from the 2019–20 season. According to betting sites in Kuwait, Liverpool was the favorite No. 2 to win the title. The biggest favorite was Manchester City. After 30 years of suffering, winning the league was simply too much for this home kit to not become legendary. It had a traditional pinstripe pattern that was modeled after the home uniform worn from 1982 to 1985, particularly in the victory over Roma in the 1984 European Cup Final. Yes, that game of spaghetti legs in the penalty shootout!
To commemorate the momentous occasion, the same shirt—the final Liverpool uniform produced by New Balance before the contentious switch to Nike—after the season, was printed with Premier League Champions stitching.
What player comes to mind when you see this kit? Henderson may have hoisted the trophy, but Mohamed Salah, the “Egyptian King”, must have been the one, right?