Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool have both revealed new kits today ahead of the 2013/14 season to mixed reviews.
Liverpool’s new white and black away strip, manufactured by American sportswear company Warrior, has attracted the most interest from the web for its curious choice of pattern, apparently inspired by the club’s 1989/91 away kit.
The fans may not be amused by the Christmas jumper-esque effort, but players Fabio Borini and Jose Enrique have been quick to praise the new apparel.
“This shirt was made for me as a Liverpool player. I will wear it with pride,” said Enrique, while his Italian teammate applauded the “look and comfort.”
Brendan Rogers will hope that the retro style will be mirrored on the pitch as the 1989 shirt was worn the last time the title came to Anfield. The Northern Irishman said: “A football strip fuses a team together; it is a Club’s uniform for players and fans. The fact that glimpses of the Club’s history appear in this kit is a really nice touch from Warrior.”
Across the north-west, United let their new home kit loose, described by manufacturers Nike as “intrinsically Mancunian.” The shirt is seemingly inspired by the city’s industrial heritage combined with the early-90s collard strip that Eric Cantona made famous.
Rio Ferdinand tweeted: “Collars up or down for next season??!!” Well Rio, if the team can take the same inspiration from Gallic great Cantona, then perhaps collars up is the way to go.