Liverpool's home kits of the Premier League era ranked from worst to best

  • Kobe Tong

Liverpool are just a few games away from winning their inaugural Premier League title.

The COVID-19 pandemic has curbed the Reds’ celebrations for now as sport rightfully takes a back step, but it can be safely assumed that Jurgen Klopp’s men will eventually be named the champions.

It’s a coming-of-age story that would end Liverpool‘s three-decade wait for the league title and justly get them off the mark in the post-1992 era after finishing with a silver medal on four occasions.

Besides, Liverpool not only boast one of the strongest followings in world football, but their status in the Premier League is iconic for having provided so many of its greatest moments.

And perhaps the greatest trigger for nostalgia when it comes to iconic goals, assists and memories are the jerseys that the players were wearing at the time.

Ranking Liverpool kits

Here at GIVEMESPORT, we’ve already passed the time in lockdown by ranking all of Manchester United‘s home, away and third kits since 1992 and now we’re diverting our attention to Liverpool.

The Reds have sported so many jerseys in the Premier League that we’re breaking them down into halves and starting with the home strips, ranking all 19 of them from the very worst to the very best.

You can check out our full rankings down below to send the memories flooding back and to throw your own opinion, which is no doubt wildly different, into the ring as well.

19. 2012/13

Fair play Liverpool, the fact this is as bad as it gets shows you’ve been pretty lucky with home strips.

We’re actually a fan of the return to the Liver Bird logo, but the collar just looks too big for size, the material always seemed baggy and cheap on the pitch and, well, the rest is simply boring.

18. 2016/17

Whatever naff shade of yellow that kit providers for Liverpool were using in this era simply doesn’t work and the varying shades of red in hoops for the main template gets a thumbs down from us.

The collar is pretty smart, though, and at least it had more ambition than our rock-bottom pick.

17. 1993/94 & 1994/95

Yes, we’re as shocked as you are that this finished so low, especially when you consider our number one, but we simply can’t stand the protruding white lines that awkwardly married to the shorts.

That aside, we applaud the red, teal and white tricolour on the trimmings, even it’s slightly overdone with a fat collar, but who decided it was a good idea to spell the player naming in green bordering!?

16. 2000/01 & 2001/02

This strip is really, really smart… and then we get to the badge.

We have no idea what Reebok were thinking by sucking the soul out of Liverpool’s emblem by splattering it in all red and reducing it to the size of a 50 pence piece, but we’re certainly not on board.

15. 2002/03 & 2003/04

Eh… it’s kind of middle of the road isn’t it? Reebok were never going to win awards for originality with a jersey that plays it so safe that we can’t really hate on it, but there’s nothing to love either.

The collar is fine, I guess, while the faded, wavy line on the top of the chest is the only thing that raises its head above the parapet to earn itself a compliment.

14. 1996/97 & 1997/98

Ok, we’re slowly getting into better territory now and the well-matched collar and sleeve designs make for an eye-pleasing template that is typically enriched by the Carlsberg sponsoring.

Aside from that, though, it’s not doing anything majorly inventive and we’re not fans of the unnecessary white oval over a badge that, frankly, doesn’t need any bells or whistles.

13. 1998/99 & 1999/00

Much like the last two kits, this is just ‘fine’. What elevates it to the top of the vanilla jerseys is the boldly thick collar that mitigates our distaste for the badge circle by complimenting its colour scheme.

12. 2018/19

Calls us traditionalists, but we’re not a fan of Liverpool’s home strip being such a dark shade of red.

However, that’s the only thing holding back what is otherwise a pretty smart, albeit safe, design from New Balance and one that will forever benefit from being sported during THAT comeback against Barcelona.

11. 2010/11 & 2011/12

If we were judging the kits on their promotional pictures alone, this would be a safe bet for the top 10, but there was always something about the texturing that reflected strangely during matches.

Knit-picking aside, though, it’s always great to see Adidas playing to its strengths and using their classic three stripes – deployed here on the shoulders and arms – to their advantage.

10. 2015/16

Some of the mid-2010s New Balance designs became a little samey and we can’t decide whether we like the disco texturing on the top half that mercifully precipitates into faded stripes.

However, the use of white instead of gold makes the strip look so much smarter than its successor and the subtle, faux collar is an appreciated little touch that makes it appear even fresher.

9. 2013/14

Considering the absolute travesties that were Liverpool’s away and third kits in 2013/14 – more on that next week – it’s miraculous that Warrior’s home design was, well, pretty good for the most part.

Actually showing some imagination with the texturing makes this a huge improvement on 2012/13 and the sharp, cutting white collar is what elevates it into the top 10.

8. 2004/05 & 2005/06

Have we let Istanbul and the ‘Steven Gerrard Final’ bloat our opinions of this pretty uninspiring jersey? Ok, guilty as charged, but a kit’s legacy is still a massive part of what makes it special.

The shade of red and Carlsberg sponsoring fit hand in glove here, while the unorthodox white shapes on the underarms and subtle bordering of the badge are smart additions.

7. 2019/20

Credit to New Balance, because they’ve bowed out of making Liverpool strips in style and we unabashedly ranked this as our third favourite home kit in the Premier League this season.

The pinstripes are classy to say the very least, the Standard Chartered logo has arguably never blended in better and the rough, white trimmings on the arms given an extra splash of personality.

6. 2006/07 & 2007/08

You can just see Fernando Torres causing chaos in this jersey, can’t you?

Liverpool, Adidas and Carlsberg are all working perfectly here again and a round of applause for the originality with the unorthodox collar, white lines down the body as well as the customary three stripes on the shoulders.

5. 2014/15

Warrior didn’t exactly set the world alight as Liverpool’s kit providers, but their third effort was their finest by a country mile and white trimmings perfectly emote the Adidas design in sixth place.

There’s something so crisp and sharp about the shoulder and chest dashes, letting Liverpool’s beautiful colour palette do the legwork and making the players look as though they’re gladiators going out to battle.

4. 2017/18

Less is more a lot of the time when it comes to Liverpool home strips and we adore how this jersey, albeit associated with a rough night in Kiev, has something so old school about it.

The gorgeous, thick collar reminds us of a design we’ll mention in just a second and the badge is allowed to shimmer as the only gold addition on an otherwise choice of all red and white. Superb.

3. 1995/96


Aside from being as iconic as they come, this belter from the 1990s looks so unique with an almost turtleneck collar that we absolutely adore and the Liverpool badge has arguably never looked better here than on some deftly subtle red stripes.

2. 2008/09 & 2009/10

Duh. Of course this jersey had to be near the top, bringing memories of Torres and Gerrard tearing up the Premier League flushing back and in such a fantastic design from Adidas at that.

The sharp V collar marries perfectly to the three stripes on the shoulder as well as the central logo, while the green of the late 2000s badge crackles on a lush red background that keeps it beautifully simple.

1. 1992/93

Are we absolutely suckers for the three stripes on the right shoulder? Absolutely. Sue us.

Those distinctly Adidas protrusions look like warrior’s armour by slashing in from the top, unlike its messier replacements, and their logo sits beautifully in the middle below a gorgeous, raised collar.

Combine that with you-know-what as the sponsor as well as an iteration of the Liverpool badge that’s whited out as if it was made for this design and you have yourself a truly legendary jersey.

Stunning Liverpool jerseys

There’s just something about the Carlsberg logo on a Liverpool home jersey. Bliss. 

It would be fair to say that Liverpool’s home strips haven’t changed as much as their bitter rivals in the north-west, but that hasn’t stopped them from sporting some classics over the last 28 years.

The majority of their best designs have come from this side of 2000, although the best of the best came first of all, with Adidas and New Balance penning some of the finest templates.

But at the end of the day, you could give the entire Liverpool squad some plain red bibs and they’d still make them iconic with some of the stunning football they’re playing under Klopp…

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