Liverpool’s home kit for the 2016-17 campaign has been accidentally leaked by the club’s official kit manufacture, New Balance.
The American firm, who took over from Warrior as the club’s kit supplier last summer, posted a photo gallery showing Simon Mignolet, James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Emre Can wearing the new home strip.
This was subsequently deleted from New Balance’s website - but not before eagled-eyed Reds’ fans took a screenshot and posted it on social media, per the Independent.
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The new home shirt is a lighter shade of red and features what appears to be a buttoned, round-neck collar.
The white lettering has also been replaced with a more eye-catching gold.
Leaked photo of Liverpool's new kit
Similar to 2013/14 kit
In fact, the new home kit looks remarkably similar to Warrior’s effort during the 2013/14 campaign - the season Liverpool went agonisingly close to winning their first league title since 1990.
The Reds, then managed by Brendan Rodgers, ended up finishing second in the league that term following a gut-wrenching collapse towards the end of the season.
Steven Gerrard’s unfortunate slip against Chelsea and the dramatic 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park will live long in the memory for every Liverpool supporter.
Future is bright under Jurgen Klopp
But under Jurgen Klopp, the future looks bright.
Liverpool have won six of their last eight Premier League matches and are safely though to the Europa League semi-finals following last week’s incredible victory over Borussia Dortmund at Anfield.
Klopp’s men take on Villarreal at El Madrigal next Thursday night and the main tasks will be to avoid defeat and score at least one away goal.
Klopp focused on Premier League - until next week
After the draw was made, Klopp told his players to forget about the Europa League and to focus on the Premier League instead following two games in four days against Bournemouth and Everton.
"I don't think about Villarreal in this moment,” Klopp was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo.
“We know about the draw, we have spoken about organisation but there's a long way to go before then. We have no idea yet who will be available.
“It's not about dreaming about the Champions League or dreaming about the final. We have not played one minute in the semi-final.
“Villarreal aren't there because all their previous opponents couldn't play football. They will be strong.
“Hopefully everyone knows about this. But it's a nice opportunity to have those two games.”
By securing back-to-back wins in their two league fixtures, everything is set up nicely for Liverpool ahead of Saturday’s match against relegation-threatened Newcastle United on Saturday and next week’s trip to Spain.
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