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Top 5 Liverpool kits of the Premier League era Picking my favourite jerseys from between the years 1992 and 2019

Week 97.0 — 2nd September '19

Of course football started before 1992 but that’s when it all changed and the Premier League started its journey from a national league to an international one. Money has infiltrated the professional game at every level and in the pursuit for even more of it, clubs are always on the lookout for the most lucrative deals with kit manufacturers and sponsors. These sponsors not only get to inject money into clubs but they get to stick their name across the clubs shirts.

I purchased every home kit from 1996 up until 2012 and was gifted the 2013 version. It was far cheaper at the beginning with clubs sticking to their kit for two seasons but now we only get one years wear out of it and most of the top clubs now offer 3 kits when they used to just have two.

I’ve followed Liverpool since 1995, almost a quarter of a century, and they’ve gone through a few shades of red and some awful away kits. Some kits may not be the best but having achieved some success, or special moments, in them just make them mean that much more to you. Ive had a look back through the past 27 years since the Premier League started and these are my top 5 kits:

Liverpool FC away kit for the 1998/99 season

Liverpool FC away kit 1998/99

This away kit has always stood out as one of those that just got away. I inexplicably bought green, yellow and a while kit that was so ill-fitting it was criminal. But this one I loved and never owned.

Liverpool FC home kit for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons

Liverpool FC home kit 2004-06

There's plenty to say about this kit, but the picture above sums it all up nicely. The first Champions League final (2005) featuring Liverpool I got to see and thankfully they won it. It was nice to see them win it again this year too. I actually owned two of these. One was a plain one, but the second featured the name of Fernando Morientes, a player I couldn't believe Liverpool were able to sign. Unfortunately he didn't get the playing time or make the impact we needed.

Liverpool FC home kit for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons

Liverpool FC home kit 2006-08

Adidas and Liverpool parted ways but after Adidas bought Reebok, they replaced them as the kit manufacturer of Liverpool and produced one of the most comfortable shirts ever. I had never owned an Adidas branded kit so I couldn't pre-order but I did go and buy it on launch day. Again, I owned two of these. The second was the long sleeve version (pictured above) and had my own name: C. CHANA and the number 9 on the back.

Liverpool FC away kit for the 2008-09 season

Liverpool FC away kit 2008/09

Above all, just seeing this kit reminds me of Fernando Torres scoring against Manchester United. It's one of those goals and games you just don't forget. I had the kit, with Torres' name on the back and it's still one of my favourite to wear.

Liverpool FC home kit for the 2012-13 season

Liverpool FC home kit 2012/13

Last but not least, is the first home kit from Warrior. I wore this one a lot and to this day it's one of my favourites ever. Sadly the sponsors print has cracked, but one of those shirts that is timeless.

To see more of the kits that Liverpool have worn over the year, there's a good archive over a at Subside Sports. At some point (hopefully this year), I’ll follow this up with my favourite kits of AS Roma over a similar period of time.

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  1. 97.1 – Monday
    1. He is shooting a 30 year timelapse of New York Emeric's Timeline on youtube.com
    2. This is fine @wired on instagram.com
    3. X-Mon (X-Men / Pokemon Mashup) Beata Obscura on herochan.com
    4. Usage Share of Internet Browsers 1996 - 2019 u/interestingasphuk on reddit.com
    5. Maldini, Zidane, Kluivert, Hagi, Weah - the sons of legends making their own way bbc.co.uk
    6. 100 megapixel image of January's lunar eclipse u/ajamesmccarthy on reddit.com
    7. Human Headphones humanheadphones.com
  2. 97.2 – Tuesday
    1. Rhythm + Flow teaser trailer Netflix on youtube.com
    2. Torpedo ballpoint pen   $880 Torpedo GB on shop.gessato.com
    3. "Don't Let Go" trailer Blumhouse Tilt on trailers.apple.com
    4. Jerry Seinfeld & Eddie Murphy debate the funniest comedian of all time Netflix Is A Joke on youtube.com
    5. True Success swiss-miss.com
  3. 97.3 – Wednesday
    1. Ultimate Lens Hood 2.0   £12+ Josh Smith on kickstarter.com
    2. Leon Sans font leon-kim.com
    3. Underrated skill: talking to young people seriously @eriktorenberg on twitter.com
    4. Haynes Mini Amplifier Kit   £19.88 $ amazon.co.uk
    5. "Between Two Ferns: The Movie" trailer Netflix on youtube.com
  4. 97.4 – Thursday
    1. The Taycan @porsche on instagram.com
    2. The World's 100 Largest Islands u/utioniaboi on reddit.com
  5. 97.5 – Friday
    1. Spalding Globe Basketball   $29 theawesomer.com
    2. Blocky abstract oil paintings kottke.org
  6. 97.6 – Saturday
    1. An AI algorithm can now predict faces with just 16x16 resolution u/SirT6 on reddit.com
    2. Fighting the measles and dangerous ideas kottke.org
    3. Nine things a woman couldn't do in 1971 in America kottke.org
    4. Camera sales are falling sharply daringfireball.net

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