Liverpool's away and third kits of the Premier League era ranked from worst to best

  • Kobe Tong

Liverpool have worn some of English football’s most iconic football jerseys.

The Reds entered the Premier League era with a series of stunning strips that are perhaps best remembered for the ‘Candy’ and ‘Crown Paints’ sponsors, but they didn’t stop there.

Adidas welcomed the Anfield side into the modern era with some stunning designs and here at GIVEMESPORT, we’ve already ranked all 20 home shirts that Liverpool have sported since 1992.

But if you found the conveyor belt of red jerseys a little boring, then fear not because we’re now turning our attentions to the weirder and whackier world of away and third kits.

When it comes to alternate strips, the kit providers are free from the shackles of tradition and aside from producing an all-blue design that would resemble Everton, they can essentially do as they please.

Ranking Liverpool alternate shirts

Naturally, that has led to some strips of inordinate beauty and also some that, well, would best be forgotten. We know both gorgeous and gross kits are coming to mind already.

But allow us to do the hard work and rank all 42 away and third jerseys that Liverpool have sported in the Premier League era, so you can decide where we went wrong and where we were right: 

42. 2012/13 third

Oh dear god. This kit makes us so angry that we want to pin it up against a wall, douse it in petrol, burn it and chuck the tangled hulk that’s left into the river Mersey. Can you tell we hate it?

This might be the worst Premier League jersey in history, no kidding. We could go into why the purple and orange combo is horrendous or how the arm texturing looks like a s*** tattoo, but the image does that for us.

41. 1999/00 away & 2000/01 third

Ok, rant over, but this jersey isn’t much better. Anybody who likes this shirt needs to put their nostalgia goggles aside for a second because this shade of green is absolutely grim.

Combine that with a random diagonal line across the body, a terrible all-green version of the badge and the fact it looked like a parachute on the pitch for a Liverpool design that’s better forgotten.

40. 2014/15 third

What a mess. You get the feeling that the team at Warrior listed all of their ideas in the board meeting and then decided they’ll just smoosh them all together into one design. 

The black and grey(???) hoops look naff enough with the red collar, but things only get worse when its intersected with the most unnecessary diagonal stripe since, well, the last jersey. 

39. 2013/14 third

Look, we’re sure the team at Warrior are really great people, but they didn’t half drop some clangers during their time as Liverpool’s kit providers. 

The kit was doomed by the time they picked a flipped Czech Republic flag as the template and it was truly condemned to the fashion dungeons when black, purple and white were used to fill it.

38. 2018/19 away

Here at GIVEMESPORT, we think any two people should be together if they want to be (assuming it’s legal) with just one exception: orange and purple.

It didn’t work in 2012/13 and it didn’t work in 2018/19 either. This eyesore just doesn’t find itself any further down the list for the fact it doesn’t have Mike Tyson’s tattoo splattered on its shoulders.

37. 2011/12 third

Ok, let’s all take a moment to regroup because we’ve finally made it past the truly unforgivable alternate shirts, but we’re still a long way away from reaching the decent ones.

There’s something about this often-forgotten Adidas release that just seems so, so soulless and the players looked like dentist’s assistants whenever it was combined with equally bland white shorts.

36. 2013/14 away

If you slowly scanned this shirt from top to bottom, you’d be thinking that Liverpool had a gorgeous away strip in 2013/14 by the time you reached midway.

And then, out of nowhere, comes the incomprehensible shards of black and red vomiting all over the bottom half to remind you that, yes, Liverpool’s kits that year were truly emetic.

35. 2017/18 third

There was a Twitter thread recently that compared Mohamed Salah to different bags of Doritos, naturally – and does it come as any surprise that he was wearing this jersey for Tangy Cheese?

Not only does this strip assault our eyes with its garish colour, but the weird collars and sleeves make this look like a botched job of something smart in the way a clip-on bowtie does.

34. 2002/03 away & 2003/04 third

One of the biggest sins a jersey can commit is looking like a training top and this ill-judged design by Reebok is the most egregious example of this in Liverpool’s modern era.

We’re not sure why Dejan Lovren was photographed modelling this recently as though it’s some cult classic because, for our money, the closest it comes to looking pitch-ready is for a goalkeeper.

33. 2006/07 away

Spoiler alert, but we’re massive fans of Liverpool incorporating classic white and teal into their jerseys. This is just the exception.

Adidas seriously half-arsed what could have been a really gorgeous design with the weird addition of green that only bleeds into the right-hand side. It looks like the strip glitched halfway through loading on an old PES game.

32. 2007/08 third

How can you possibly make a black and red Liverpool shirt look terrible? By adding a bizarre, red, wavy line that awkwardly snakes from the collar, down the jersey and all the way to the shorts.

It looks as though a rhythmic gymnast accidentally left their ribbon on an otherwise decent shirt.

31. 2018/19 third

This is another one that frustrates us because, again, it has the potential to look so smart, but you’re always fighting an uphill battle when your palette is varying shades of grey.

What could have been seriously unique texturing on the abdomen gives us vibes of robot pyjamas, the red really doesn’t mix well with the grey and the shoulders are the only thing we really like.

30. 2004/05 away & 2005/06 third

This jersey really is a product of its time. You can imagine the weird black shimmers coming in from the top right and bottom left corners being on an old Sprite can or Andy Warhol pop art.

We don’t hate the shade of yellow and the black trimmings tidy up the edges, but the cheap-looking texturing makes this look more like a training top than something you’d see in the Premier League.

29. 2006/07 third

We’re well aware that yellow and red is a historic combination for Liverpool away shirts, but two strong colours, like two strong personalities, don’t always mix.

There’s nothing much for us to hate on here, it’s just that it looked increasingly garish the more light you flooded it with. Poor Xabi Alonso during the promotional snaps.

28. 2014/15 away

Speaking of which… this yellow and red effort is slightly better and Warrior recycled the body lines we loved so much on the 2014/15 home shirt, but we can’t ignore the fact it still looks uncomfortably bright.

That, and the way the red tramlines merge on to the shorts make the players look like knock-off super heroes. 

27. 2011/12 away

Welcome to mediocre city. To be fair to Adidas, they made a shade of grey that could have been insanely dreary look unexpectedly sharp and we don’t despise drowning all the logos in grey.

We’d rather they didn’t included the pinstripes, though, because it leads the kit too far astray into t-shirt territory and surely the red lines on the side would have been better off in silver to match?

26. 2019/20 third

By far and away one of the most divisive strips on this list, we seriously debated moving this much further down the rankings and then again, much further up the rankings too.

We’re relieved that New Balance didn’t cover the whole shirt in what looks like a fish scale texture and the smart shoulder with a splash of turquoise on the sleeve steers this into mid-table territory.  

25. 2009/10 third

Yeh, nice. You can’t go too far wrong with Adidas’ three-stripe shoulders on a clean white background, we’re just not particularly keen on the collar and wish the green hue of the Carlsberg logo was utilised a little more.

24. 2010/11 third

Once again, the Adidas template does most of the legwork here and we’re guilty as charged when it comes to having a soft spot for black jerseys. It’s just hard to tell whether the shade of yellow is terrific or trash.

23. 2001/02 away & 2002/03 third

We’ve openly bashed the shrinking of the Liverpool badge that strangely took place in this era, but what we really can get on board with is this unique marriage of navy and gold at the top.

It’s a gorgeous colour combination that saves what would otherwise be a completely nondescript shirt. That being said, it risks looking a little strange by bleeding so far down the sides.

22. 1997/98 away & 1998/99 third

The best use of yellow and red by some stretch. While, sure, the colours still look a little garish, the neat Reebok template in which they’re confined means we’re more willing to skate over it here.

The way the collar design overlaps makes it look very smart and the oval around the badge works effectively here by calling upon the shade of red that is so neatly confined in black elsewhere.

21. 2003/04 away & 2004/05 third

What saves this jersey from being an absolute snoozefest is the gorgeous trimmings of red and navy on the sides and shoulders that give us England vibes in the best possible way.

We’re not going to bump it up much higher for the fact it doesn’t really emote Liverpool to extent we’d like it to, but we’re not feeling bad about lauding it as a guilty pleasure kit either.

20. 2010/11 away

White, black and red can be a dangerous juggling act on football shirts, but Adidas just about stick the landing here.

The pinstripes just about go hand-in-hand with the black logos and the all red badge, although it’s one of those jerseys that never looked as good on the pitch as it did in the promotional pictures.

19. 2016/17 away

Black and silver is a pretty sweet combination and this New Balance effort doesn’t make the mistake of looking like something the players would wear at Melwood in the way the 2002/03 design did.

Above that pretty safe mixing of colours, though, it’s the unique slashes of red on the sides that are particularly compliment-worthy and we only wish it was utilised elsewhere in order to not look out of place.

18. 2008/09 away

Shirts can sometimes be overrated by the iconic moments they featured in and the fact Liverpool sported this during their 4-1 victory at Old Trafford means this might be the most overrated strip on the list.

However, that doesn’t mean that the surprisingly smart marriage of light grey, red and chequers doesn’t tick our box regardless, even if it falls well short of the top tier of Liverpool jerseys.

17. 2017/18 away

Without a doubt, this is the most frustrating kit on the list. New Balance took a classic design (more on it later) with the chance to elevate it to new heights and, well, just did an alright-ish rendition.

We like the kit, we really do, we just wish that the green segments weren’t so faded because they always looked washed out on TV. A little more commitment to the colours was definitely needed.

16. 2005/06 away

There’s not a lot to say here, really, other than the fact this shines above the absolute glut of white and red designs that came during Reebok’s tenure. The red and black trimmings are very nice.

15. 2016/17 third

We put this shirt in 15th place. Sue us.

These sort of garish, neon colours are usually the key ingredient for a truly terrible football kit, but New Balance miraculously pull this off by combining it with a crisp shade of grey and a strong shoulder template.

14. 2015/16 third

A jersey that will always be remembered for being worn by Steven Gerrard when he scored his final Liverpool goal, this is everything we look for in a football kit that sums up the word ‘smart’.

The shade of black and proportional collar are just as superb as the white with which the badge is painted and the subtle injections of red along the shoulder. The texturing is about subtle enough, too.

13. 1995/96 away

You might be feeling a bit of deja vu here because we just spoke about a kit that was inspired by this original and to be honest, the more photographs we see, the more we feel it’s kind of overrated.

Again, that doesn’t mean it’s bad by any means – it’s in 14th place, after all – we were just a little surprised to see how this mixture of green and white worked so much better in other 1990s efforts.

12. 1993/94 & 1994/95 away

And one example of that is right here. The green is made to look right home as the basis for the shoulders when its subtly injected into the badge and the collar balances the colour scheme perfectly.

But where this jersey truly triumphs is with the rising black three stripes from the body that deftly signals Adidas without screaming it down your eyes. 

11. 2007/08 away

If we ignore the overuse of white and red that we’ve banged on about for kit after kit, this Adidas release deserves props for being the personification of Liverpool’s most recent badge.

The red trimmings are at their very best here with a lovely rise up the chest that’s almost tomahawk-shaped and the perfect amounts of white and green to truly emote the club’s heritage.

10. 2008/09 third

Given that dark green is such an iconic part of Liverpool’s palette, it’s surprising that they’ve seldom used it as the background for an alternate shirt, especially when the most recent example did it so well.

What could have been a really ugly canvas for an away strip is expertly fenced off with the Adidas three stripes, some subtle stripes on the main body and a very tidy-looking black collar.

9. 2012/13 away

We strongly suspect that we like this strip more than most and it admittedly feels weird to be rewarding a Warrior design, but we can’t deny that the black and grey looks so smart together.

The raised collar is something we love about a lot of 1990s Liverpool kits, so it’s great to see it making a return here and the semi-circle transition on the chest gets 10 out of 10 for originality.

8. 1998/99 away & 1999/00 third

Where do we get started? The block red along the shoulder is just sumptuous and it gets extra points for effortlessly transitioning into a trim collar that goes hand-in-glove with the sponsor and badge.

7. 2019/20 away

New Balance have surrendered kit duties at Liverpool in a blaze of glory this season and as much as we love their home jersey – we ranked it 7th, too, for the record – it’s the away shirt that shines brightest.

The various shades of white in subtle stripes just looks so fresh, the navy writing compliments it perfectly and the splash of red on each sleeve was an inspired design choice.

6. 2000/01 away & 2001/02 third

For all our criticism of the Liverpool badge in this era, the colour scheme of yellow and navy couldn’t be more aesthetically pleasing and brings memories of Michael Owen in Cardiff rushing back.

We’re willing to park our prior complaints to one side for the fact the collar and underarms are so finely done and, come on, when has a Carlsberg logo ever looked bad on a Liverpool strip?

5. 2015/16 away

New Balance haven’t had a Eureka moment here, they haven’t done anything ground-breaking either, but they’ve let these dreamy shades of red and white do the leg work and it’s all the better for it.

Aside from forever being associated with Christian Benteke’s bicycle kick, there’s no way we can’t reward a strip that looks this clean and smart, so a place in the top five is the least it deserves.

4. 1992/93 away

The 1992/93 home shirt came top of our other Liverpool rankings and 4th place for its alternate should come as little surprise considering it’s practically identical aside from the colour.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t love the iconic Adidas stripes cutting in from the shoulder any less, especially when it’s married to the Carlsberg logo and the finest green hue we’ve seen on a Liverpool strip.

3. 1994/95 away & 1995/96 third

Call us naive, but we hardly knew this shirt existed and that’s probably because Adidas had to draw up the design at the very last minute because Liverpool’s other shirt clashed with Sheffield United’s.

It was clearly an inspired session in the design room, though, because the shade of yellow – bordering on gold – is beautiful along with the collar, sleeves and use of the badge for texturing.

2. 2009/10 away

Black and gold, black and gold, black and gold.

Now this, this, is the perfect mix of colours on an away jerseys. Adidas hit a home run with a design that shimmers on the fabric with a central logo, jaw-dropping gold shorts and inspired red sketching across the chest.

1. 1996/97 away

Oh ya beauty. For our money, there’s no debating that Liverpool’s 1996/97 away shirt is not only their finest alternate kit of the Premier League era, but their finest design of all.

The off-white, cream colour is absolutely stunning on the eyes and there’s something about the thick collar which, by way of being almost turtleneck-like, looks unique and gorgeous in equal measure.

Throw in the subtle colour cocktail that make up the trimmings, the classic Carlsberg sponsor, a true elevation of the 1990s Liverpool badge in all red and you have yourself a truly special design.

Please Nike. Please recreate this worldie.

A wide range of kits

Talk about an eclectic bunch of jerseys.

Having already done the same exercise for Manchester United, we can vouch for the fact that away and third strips have varied over the years, but Liverpool has the wildest collection of them all.

The infamous purple ‘tribal’ shirt of 2012/13 deserves it’s place in 42nd place by miles and miles, while the middle sections are gridlocked with constant, unoriginal white and red templates. 

But if you had the patience to plough on until the top ten, you’ll be rewarded with stunning designs that are still being sold to this day and even modelled by current Liverpool players in some cases.

Few clubs in the world are more iconic than Liverpool, so it only seems right that some of the jerseys they wore during their illustrious history continue to gain new appreciators day by day.

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