(Again, before we begin, notice the question mark in the title of the post and the “Rumor Mill” tag at the end of it)
Okay, “legal” niceties of the way I bring you these kits today not because they are “confirmed” or “official,” but because ever since Warrior became the kit supplier to Liverpool F.C. the designs have been leaked by somebody and they’ve generally been spot on. Last year the leaked home and away kits were exactly the same as those that were eventually released and the hideous away kit, though marginally different, was still just as hideous. So, let’s take a look at this year’s offerings.
It’s fine. Warrior’s first home kit for Liverpool (2012-2013) will probably always be my favorite home kit for the club (all red with only yellow/gold trim, crest, and sponsor logo), but the fact is that this one, with the gold logo and the white trim is much more in line with the club’s traditional home look- at least for the last 35+ years. I’m not a big fan of the white collar accents or what appears to be white piping on the shoulders and torso, but both are more or less subdued and aren’t really a deal-breaker either way. I can only assume that this will be worn with matching red shorts and socks and that both will have white trim and that the shorts will likely also have a gold crest as well.
This one is a little more problematic for me. I like the shirt a lot- especially if the red “lines” are actually seams with “overlock” stitching (it’s just something I like, I’m not a nerd!). My problem is, “What do you wear with this shirt?” In the past (yellow has been a frequent away/third choice for Liverpool since 1979) the club has gone with all yellow kit trimmed in tree and I guess that would have to be the case here as well. Generally speaking, however, these all yellow kits have look best when they have had no other embellishment (pin striping on the shirts, red trim on the sock cuffs, etc.) and the only red has been the various logos and word marks. The 1979-1981 third kits are probably the best example of this.
Black/Grey/Red is also a combination Liverpool have used in the past as an away/third kit (2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2011-2012) with varying degrees of success. In this case, however, I’m going to have to see the kit in action to know how I feel about it. At first glance I wonder why they felt the need to inset the contrasting “sash,” but at the same time, I don’t hate it. In the past the shorts/socks have been of the shirt’s primary color, but in this case, is that black or grey? I hope it is black, because when Liverpool went black/grey/black in 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 it wasn’t good. Of course those were Reebok kits, so they were never going to be good… Black shorts and socks are probably the way to go, but red socks might not be awful!
Overall, I think they are better as a group. The home shirt might not be quite as good (though it is still good), the away kit could be a major improvement, and the third kit, well, it could be better, but even so it is nowhere near as much of a travesty as last year’s.