Controversial new Liverpool away and third kits 'leaked' as Nike divide opinion with design

Virgil van Dijk captain of Liverpool showing his appreciation to the fans at the end of the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on May 19, 2024
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Nike have received mixed reviews from Liverpool supporters about next season's away shirt and third jersey which has reportedly been leaked. The Reds have showcased various coloured strips over the years, with some proving to be more popular than others.

Over the last five years, Liverpool have donned several different coloured away shirts; 'white and green' last season; 'white and multi-colour swirl marble' in 2022/23; 'fossil' in 2021/22; 'hyper turquoise' in 2020/21; 'white' in 2019/20. The Merseyside outfit have also donned some interesting third shirts too, repping purple, yellow and black.

Not to mention the wide variety of bold training gear and goalkeeper tops, the club haven't been afraid to experiment with their colour palette. This year, Nike are expected to push the boundaries again with a controversial modification.

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According to Footy Headlines, who have become notorious for leaking jerseys over the years, Liverpool will don a 'dark anthracite', which almost looks black, U-neck shirt with light turquoise accents on the sleeve and a lighter anthracite collar. It's said that the club crest, Nike swoosh and sponsor will be off-white – perhaps otherwise described as a very light blue.

For context, it's a little similar to Chelsea's third shirt during the 2017/18 season but without the camouflage graphic design. As for Liverpool's third strip, Footy Headlines claim it'll be 'white, pure platinum, black, and global red' V-neck.

However, on this jersey, there will be a double Nike swoosh – one red and the other yellow – which is titled vertically. Nike are expected to roll out the 'upside swoosh' – which can currently be found on the Phantom GX boot – on shirts this season.

During the 2019/20 campaign, Nike trialled the 'classic swoosh' on some third kits, such as Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Roma and Barcelona. Liverpool struck a new multi-year kit deal with Nike in January 2020 after five years with New Balance.

Following the announcement, the Reds' managing director and chief commercial officer, Billy Hogan, said: "Our iconic kit is a key part of our history and identity.

"We welcome Nike into the LFC family as our new official kit supplier and expect them to be an incredible partner for the club, both at home and globally as we continue to expand our fanbase.

"As a brand, Nike reflects our ambitions for growth, and we look forward to working with them to bring fans new and exciting products."

Four years into the deal and Nike continue to produce some bold and interesting shirts for Liverpool.