Every single Liverpool title-winning home shirt [1900-2020]
It’s official. Liverpool are champions for the 19th time. So, we’ve looked back at the home shirts worn in every single one of their title-winning campaigns.
The Premier League is finally coming home. After a long 30 years of hurt, and to the surprise of absolutely nobody, Liverpool are sat once again at the summit of English football.
It’s been a sensational season of blistering, pulse-racing football over at Anfield, with the likes of Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk firmly etching their names into the history books, alongside those of Dalglish, Rush and so many other Kop legends. This first Premier League title might have been a long time coming, but those history books are starting to get a little fat.
Since their founding in 1892, Liverpool have been a club steeped in success, with their first league title arriving promptly in 1901. Almost 120 years later, title number 19 has officially been added to the trophy cabinet, but those classic shades of red now look very different to how they used to.
The past century has naturally seen slight changes to the club crest, colours and sponsors, while a string of huge brands have been charged with producing stunning new patterns and designs. From 1900 to 2020, Liverpool kits have continued to evolve with the times, transforming from plain red tops to the modern, stylish football shirts we know and love today.
To celebrate the Reds’ latest triumph, we’re taking a look back at every single home shirt to win the title. Featuring Candy, Crown Paints and now Standard Chartered, this is Liverpool’s very own shirt Hall of Fame.
Liverpool Kit History: Every Title-Winning Home Shirt
1900-01 - Liverpool Home Shirt
After coming incredibly close in 1899, Liverpool got their first taste of glory back in the 1900-01 season - inspired by the leadership of Alex Raisbeck and the goals of Sam Raybould. This was also the same year in which the liver bird became part of the club’s badge, although this wouldn’t feature on the kits for a long time yet.
Liverpool actually wore sky blue and white halves in their earliest years, but this had since been replaced by a shade of red which would eventually become synonymous with unrivalled success. The red half of Merseyside was officially up and running.
1905-06 - Liverpool Home Shirt
Relegation in 1904 actually led to back-to-back league titles. In 1905, Liverpool won the Second Division to clinch promotion back to the top-flight, then immediately won that as well. This was the first time an English club had won both divisions in successive seasons, and they did so in a plain, long-sleeved red shirt with a subtle stripe pattern running throughout.
1921-22 - Liverpool Home Shirt
A few years of mid-table obscurity followed that second title win, while the outbreak of the First World War led to the suspension of the league. Liverpool had to wait until 1922 to clinch their third league title, by which point a laced collar had been added to their plain red shirt. Fred Hopkin, Dick Forshaw and Harry Chambers were amongst the more prominent squad members.
1922-23 - Liverpool Home Shirt
Long before the days of releasing three (or, in some cases, even four) new kits every season, Liverpool won the 1922-23 title wearing exactly the same strip as the year before. In fact, they wore this kit every year until 1931, but they’d have to wait much longer than that for title number 5 - with Everton and Arsenal very much in the ascendancy.
1946-47 - Liverpool Home Shirt
When the title finally returned to Anfield in 1947, the laced collar of the 20s had been replaced by a smart white crew-neck. Although a similar design had actually been worn in the early 30s, this was one of the first signs of what future Liverpool shirts might look like. White has featured on every home shirt since 1951, and the club’s identity was starting to take shape here.
1963-64 - Liverpool Home Shirt
This identity was strengthened further in 1955, when the club’s famous liver bird crest was finally added to their kits. However, it wasn’t until 1964 when it sat top of the tree, displayed in a crisp white badge alongside that classic crew-neck collar. After taking over with the club sat in the Second Division, the Bill Shankly revolution was well and truly underway.
1965-66 - Liverpool Home Shirt
Liverpool clinched their next title just two seasons later, but they’d since made a kit alteration they’d never look back on. Although the shirt itself remained the same, Shankly had taken the decision to pair this up with red shorts and socks, believing that this all-red combo would look more intimidating in the European Cup. Red for danger, and all that.
1972-73 - Liverpool Home Shirt
By the time of 1972-73, the talents of Ian St. John, Ron Yeats and Roger Hunt had been replaced by those of John Toshack and Kevin Keegan. Just as importantly, the club crest had been replaced by a much more modern version of the liver bird, with the white emblem sat on the shirt without any background whatsoever. Very classy.
1975-76 - Liverpool Home Shirt
After missing out to Derby County in his debut season at the helm, Bob Paisley began filling the Anfield trophy cabinets just a year later. Just like 1972-73, the 1975-76 season brought both the First Division and UEFA Cup titles, while Umbro’s famous double-diamond logo had been added to the shirt a couple of years earlier. We were already seeing the power of “The Boot Room”.
1976-77 - Liverpool Home Shirt
Liverpool actually went one better the following season, helping themselves to their first European Cup as well as their 10th league title. It seemed fitting, then, that the liver bird and logos were now embroidered in gold instead of white, with a much bolder V-neck collar polishing the whole design off beautifully.
1978-79 - Liverpool Home Shirt
The same kit was still being worn two seasons later, when the Reds wrestled their crown back from the clutches of Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest. However, bigger changes had occurred within the club itself, with Kevin Keegan now playing at Hamburg and replaced by a certain Kenny Dalglish - who’d already written himself into Anfield legend the previous season.
1979-80 - Liverpool Home Shirt
By this point, Liverpool had already established themselves as one of the biggest clubs on the planet, boasting a trophy cabinet presumably bursting at the seams. Although another league title strained those seams a little further, Liverpool actually claimed a completely different record that season: they became the first English club to feature a sponsor on their shirt.
1981-82 - Liverpool Home Shirt
For the last time, Liverpool were still wearing exactly the same kit for their next title triumph. The white Hitachi logo remained in all its glory, starting off a string of iconic sponsors which is arguably still going strong today. After finishing a lowly 5th (but winning another European Cup) the previous season, the club set its sights on dethroning Aston Villa - and succeeded.
1982-83 - Liverpool Home Shirt
Just a year later, Liverpool had retained their English title and introduced a kit unlike anything else they’d had before. Hitachi had been replaced by Crown Paints, but the headline act was undoubtedly that gorgeous pinstriped design, while the collar and cuffs had also undergone major redesigns. Bob Paisley definitely bowed out in style.
1983-84 - Liverpool Home Shirt
A third consecutive title was won the following season, and Liverpool actually kicked things off in exactly the same kit as the year before. Midway through the season, however, the decision was made to switch the Crown Paints sponsor from two lines to one, while also using a slightly different font. Since they were too busy winning the treble, I’m not sure many even noticed.
1985-86 - Liverpool Home Shirt
After their first trophy-less campaign in 9 years, Kenny Dalglish was charged with rejuvenating the Reds after Joe Fagan’s retirement. The transformation had begun before a ball was even kicked, with adidas replacing Umbro and serving up a kit worthy of a memorable league and FA Cup double.
While the club crest and brand logos had reverted to white, hints of yellow could be found in the classic three-stripe pattern on the shoulders and cuffs. If you look a little closer, you’ll see a subtle shadow pattern which includes both the Liverpool crest and adidas’ iconic trefoil logo, rounding off one of the club’s greatest kits of all-time.
1987-88 - Liverpool Home Shirt
After losing the title to Everton, Dalglish reinforced his squad with the addition of John Barnes and Peter Beardsley, ensuring that the league returned to the red part of Merseyside. Alongside this fresh attacking flair came a brand-new crest, based on the infamous “This Is Anfield” sign positioned above the stadium’s tunnel.
The injection of yellow found on the previous kit had also been replaced by completely white accents, while the Crown Paints sponsor had gone back to two lines in 1986-87. The slick shadow pattern remained, but adidas decided to bring in a crew-neck collar for the first time in over a decade. It’s yet another classic Liverpool shirt.
1989-90 - Liverpool Home Shirt
There were big design changes in 1989-90, with adidas serving up one of the most iconic kits of the 1980s. Liverpool marched towards their 18th league title, reinvigorated by the return of Ian Rush, the wizardry of John Barnes and a truly sensational fleck pattern across their home shirt. You’d have to forgive the opposition for being a little distracted.
Matching up perfectly with this inventive pattern came one of the greatest sponsors of all-time, with that stylish Candy font really tying the whole thing together. White panels were added to the shorts and socks, too, and there’s really no question that this is the most adventurous home kit Liverpool have ever had.
2019-20 - Liverpool Home Shirt
It’s been a long time coming. The days of Carlsberg, Reebok and Steven Gerrard have all been and gone without a single league title, with trophy cabinets in Manchester and London benefitting from this momentary domestic decline. Well, if you’re going to win your first Premier League in 30 years, you might as well do it by giving an affectionate nod to the past.
Now featuring a much darker shade of red, Liverpool’s 2019/20 home shirt includes a stunning stripe pattern inspired by the popular designs of the early 80s. Although the sponsor is now Standard Chartered instead of Crown Paints, it still mirrors the white text and gold logos of the originals, while a lovely tribute to the late Bob Paisley is found inside the neck.
This feels like the dawn of a new era at Anfield, and not just because of their recent success on the pitch. The club have recently agreed a lucrative deal with Nike, partnering up with the American brand for the very first time as these two global heavyweights finally come together. New Balance have signed off with a bang, but I’m betting it won’t be long until Nike have made their own addition to this title-winning Hall of Fame.
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