Liverpool have followed Chelsea and Leicester City in unveiling their new kit for the 2016/17 season. Designed by New Balance, it features the traditional Liverpool red, with a subtle yellow trim around the collar and the sleeves.
Standard Chartered continue to sponsor the club with striking yellow detailing, while the goalkeeper’s shirt is a light shade of green contrasted with black shoulders.Reds supporters made their way down to the Pier Head for the unveiling to witness Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Simon Mignolet, Jon Flanagan and ladies players Gemma Bonner and Natasha Harding model the famous shirt, as the sun shone in Merseyside on Monday evening.
Unsurprisingly, the shirt remains trademark red and there is little change from the previous number, other than a buttoned-style collar complete with gold trim to create a simplistic design. New Balance are again the kit’s supplier with Standard Chartered continuing as the main sponsor and if you fancy getting your hands on one, it will set you back £50. However, should you prefer the long-sleeved version, it will be an extra £5.
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Captain Henderson was the first to give his views on next season’s new attire.”I think it’s nice. There’s a few different things,’ he said. ‘The side vents are meant to help us cool down – but that’s not working right now,’ he joked as the weather showed no signs of relenting”.We can sense in the stadium and at Melwood that things are going well. Hopefully we can carry that on until the last game, he said.”Jurgen Klopp has made a massive difference. The progression is huge. You can see the belief and everyone is buzzing”.
Legendary former players Jason McAteer and Robbie Fowler were also on stage prior to the launch and both were impressed with the new uniform and the club’s foray into yet another European final.When you’re a player, you can’t wait for the kit to come out – mainly to see how you look in it,’ said Fowler, who bagged 183 goals during two spells for the club to make him their sixth-highest goalscorer of all time.’I think it’s fantastic, I’ve seen the kit,’ he added prior to the unveiling. ‘I always liked the kit that I scored goals in. I’d probably say the 1996 kit because that’s when I was probably at my best”.
Fans who attended the release were given wristbands, meaning they will be entitled to free name and number printing on their new strips.