Liverpool Football Club's famous all-red kits

Liverpool Football Club's famous all-red kits

The word iconic is used too often but it feels apt when talking about Liverpool Football Club's famous all-red kits.

Few clubs can seemingly pull off a single-colour strip but it absolutely works as far as Anfield's finest are concerned. Liverpool have had some sensational kits over the years - but which are the greatest the Reds have ever worn?

We've picked eight we think might just fit the bill.


Home - 1978-82



A year after winning their first ever European Cup, Liverpool retained the trophy in 1978 thanks to a 1-0 win over Club Brugge at Wembley. Bob Paisley's team looked every inch champions in classic red with white trim and a glorious gold-embroidered badge. The club would wear the same jersey over the following three seasons (which garnered three league titles and a third European Cup), the only addition being the 'Hitachi' logo across the chest, with the club becoming one of the first to adopt a shirt sponsor.


Home -1982-85



By the summer of 1982, a new Liverpool team was emerging - one that would go on to ruthlessly dominate the decade. Bruce Grobbelaar, Mark Lawrenson, Ian Rush and Ronnie Whelan became the mainstays of a squad that would flourish at home and abroad. The classic plain red jersey had been upgraded too - Umbro added a thicker collar and cuffs (a feature that would provide inspiration for a shirt a decade later) and stylish white pinstripes. The shirt was worn as Liverpool won their fourth European Cup in 1984, beating Roma on penalties in their own stadium.


Home - 1985-87



Kenny Dalglish was just 34 when he became player-manager of Liverpool in 1985 but inexperience was no match for genius as his team cruised to a domestic double in '85/'86. A year later, the Reds were beaten to the league title by city rivals Everton - but the team's young manager was building a squad that would soon be back among the trophies. The home shirt from that period was sensational - adidas had replaced Umbro and a glorious relationship had begun. The sharp V-neck, the gold trim on collar and cuffs, and the huge Crown Paints logo combine to make this a classic.


Home - 1988/89



A season tainted by tragedy. On 15 April 1989, 96 supporters who had gone to watch a football match in South Yorkshire never came home. The Hillsborough disaster proved to be a turning point in British football - the catalyst that saw the game belatedly dragged into the modern age and fans, at last, treated properly. Liverpool would go on to win the FA Cup on an emotional day at Wembley a month later, but they dramatically lost the league title to Arsenal at Anfield in the very last minute of the season. The Reds' shirt that year was another understated masterpiece from adidas, a classic design enhanced by the club's new sponsor.


Away - 1989-91



The greatest Liverpool away shirt. Ever. As the 80s drew to a close, Adidas took the handbrake off and experimented with some bold patterns and colours. While Arsenal got the bruised banana and United were kitted out in an Aztec-style blue and white away shirt, Liverpool glistened in silver. The team weren't bad either, as they cruised to their 18th league title in 1990. The real drama came the following February, though - following a 4-4 draw with Everton, a jaded and drained Kenny Dalglish resigned as manager, bringing to an end his long association with the club he adored.


Away - 1993-95



By now, the Anfield dynasty was beginning to crumble, with the Reds firmly in the shadow of great rivals Manchester United. Manager Graeme Souness resigned in January '94 after just under three years in charge and new boss Roy Evans could only steer the club to an eight-placed finish and fourth a year later. Adidas's famous trefoil had also gone from their shirts, replaced instead with the new Equipment logo. Liverpool's away shirt between '93 and '95 was a classic of the era - a bold template used at World Cup '94. The bottle green and white looked especially excellent on a young Robert Bernard Fowler, who scored 18 goals in his first season in senior football.


Home - 1995/96



This was the shirt Liverpool wore in one of the Premier League's greatest ever games - their 4-3 victory over Newcastle in April 1996. The Reds, with a squad that already boasted some of the finest young British talent and bolstered by the summer signing of Stan Collymore, should have achieved more than their third-place finish. The home shirt, complete with thick collar and oversized badge, was special though - paying homage to jerseys worn by the club in the early '80s.


Away - 2000/01



An incredible season for Liverpool as they won a cup treble - League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup. With Wembley under construction, Cardiff's Millennium Stadium hosted the FA Cup final between the Reds and Arsenal. Liverpool trailed 1-0 until Michael Owen scored twice in the last seven minutes to seal an unlikely victory. The shirt they wore that day - amber with blue trim - was worthy of the occasion.


Words by Josh Warwick





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