Liverpool fans will have fond memories of their five-year association with New Balance.
Under the kit manufacturer, the Reds went further and further, winning the Champions League in 2018/19 and the Premier League in 2019/20 under the leadership of Jurgen Klopp.
At the end of last season, Liverpool ended their partnership with New Balance and signed with Nike.
The club’s fans have been optimistic about the beginning of the Nike era, and the long-term agreement is already proving financially beneficial.
However, the club’s equipment designs appear to be in decline after the Liverpool 2021/22 home jersey – the second in the Nike era – was “leaked” online by Footy Headlines.
The shirt has a unique design, with diagonal stripes on the front and the official colors labeled as gymnastic red, bright purple and fossil. You can take a look at the shirt images below.
It’s definitely different …
The photos of the kit have now made the rounds on social media, and Liverpool fans on Twitter are not exactly happy with the leaks.
One of Liverpool answered: “Nike just copy and paste brings back the new balance.”
Another trick: “We should have stayed with New Balance what this garbage is.”
A third Liverpool supporter wrote with humor: “Nike’s kit effort is directly related to club performance, that’s not it …”
He added a fourth fan: “He wrote the Europa League everywhere.”
Footy Headlines states that the kit will “be” launched in May this year and, if this proves to be true, it seems that the Liverpool 2021/22 shirt will not fly off the shelves.
The desire to produce kits with a modern look can often prove harmful to manufacturers and this seems to be the case again here.
Sometimes it’s best to just stick to a classic design, rather than thinking outside the box and risking fan anger as a result.