Out of all the clothes in the world, football kits should be the simplest to design; after all, each team has a set colour palette to work with, and all that the designers have to do is work within those colours to produce a good looking kit.
Liverpool perhaps have the simplest kit ideas of all, keep the home kit red and the away kit yellow or white and you’ll be laughing your way to the bank with sales.
However, not every ambitious design team thinks within these such basic concepts, and whilst that has produced some cracking kits that feel just right, often they can be just wrong. When it’s gone wrong with a Liverpool kit, it is fair to say it’s gone very, very wrong,
So here are what we think at Read Fashion the worst Liverpool kits from the Premier League Era.
Honorable Mention: 2011-12 3rd kit.
It may have sparked outrage for having some blue on it, but this is a really guilty pleasure of mine.
The blue works extremely well with the right design, and isn’t even the same shade is Everton’s blue any kit, so I never really understood what all the fuss was about.
5. 2012-13 home
The only home kit to feature on this list isn’t all that bad of a design, but for reasons surrounding, it has to be featured.
Firstly, there was the controversial decision Warrior made to drop the eternal flames from the shirt’s chest, although they remain on the club badge; a decision that sparked anger due to their significance as a memorial to the Hillsborough disaster.
And Secondly, this shirt was really badly made, the fabric made the red look dull and had a similar feel to night wear whilst also made it unbearable to wear for longer than a couple of hours.
It’s not something you expect from a piece of clothing that costs upwards of 40 quid.
4. 2016-17 Third
I’ve never understood why people think that fluorescent green kits look good, and I’ve yet to see one that doesn’t make players and fans alike look like they aren’t working part time as a lollipop person.
Fortunately most designers play safe then they deal with neon green, keeping mainly to a plain design or only using it sparingly as a secondary colour.
Did New Balance follow that advice? Nope, instead they decided to take a plain design and splash gunmetal gray all over the top of it.
You don’t have to have worked for Dulux for 50 years to realise these two colours don’t merge very well, and the product is a kit with a split personality disorder.
3. 1996-97 Away
In context, this kit was designed by Reebok to cash in on the ‘Spice Boys’ suits of the previous year’s FA Cup final were Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, yet has adorned a look more natural at a Gram Parsons concert than a football match.
I’m sure Reebok thought it was a wonderful idea to turn a suit design into a shirt design, and in principle the combination of cream, red and white could have worked.
However, the result was a kit that was disgustingly bland; featuring a base colour halfway between baby sick and yogurt, and sleeves/badge that looked out of proportion with the rest of the shirt.
Nonetheless the cash in worked, and it became a rare cult classic from the dark days of 90s sportswear (which compared to some 90s designs it actually doesn’t look that bad).
2. 2013-14 Away
From a kit that was way to bland to one that is way to loud; a kit that can only be described as the pinnacle of Warrior Sport’s…interesting take on design.
The annoying thing is, the top half looks great, featuring the simple white and red accents with the golden Liverbird.
I can only fathom that the designers then looked at it, thought it was a good time to have a break, went the pub and finished the design drunk; either that or there was a chronic pen explosion that started a chain reaction of exploding ink.
Because a sober mind surely cannot come up with the sheer wackyness of the bottom half; a grey, red and black spaghetti that bears resemblance to a Christmas jumper on a bonfire.
Someone from Warrior then must have spilt a glass of vimto on the away design to come up with the goalkeeper shirt, because no sane person would then think ‘you know what this kit needs; it’s primary colour to be purple!’
It’s little wonder after this pig’s ear, New Balance took over the kit design two years later
1. 1994-96 Third
This kit fortunately was never put on public sale due to the fact it was hurriedly created to solve a kit clash with arch enemy Manchester United.
They could have had a superb design though, if only Adi Dassler’s boys kept it simple, the orange primary colour with black accents would have looked spectacular on their own, and had they stopped there they would have a solid, if a little unconventional, design.
But no they carried on, first with the least transparent watermarks in fashion history that have all the subtlety of a jumbo jet.
It’s not the pattern that’s the problem, it actually looks quite decent, but the fact it’s black makes it stick out way too much to the point it hurts the eyes; if they made the watermark a shade of orange this would have been perfectly fine.
As for the shorts, it was the first time Adidas experimented with horizontal stripes as opposed to vertical ones, they haven’t done it since.