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03rd Jul 2017

Liverpool release £20 version of 2017/18 home kit with different design

It's still very smart, but obviously different

Nooruddean Choudry

Sound marketing acumen?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be aware that Liverpool have got a very smart new design for their 2017/18 home kit to coincide with their 125th anniversary celebrations.

As the marketing blurb goes, the kit is a ‘perfect blend of heritage and quality, designed for maximum style and comfort. The design takes inspiration from some of the most iconic kits in LFC history.’

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Some of the selling points include a specially embroidered anniversary Liverbird crest, ‘tonal’ pin stripes, a modern fit, embroidered New Balance logo, and a commemorative 96 emblem on the neck.

The shirt is also a darker shade of red than usual, to mimic kits of yore:

It costs £50 for an adult shirt, but many fans would argue it’s more than worth it.

But now Footy Headlines report that the club have released a different version of the home kit for the Chinese market, costing over 50% less. It retails at ¥179, which is around £20 and features far fewer bells and whistles.

There’s no pinstripe design, the badge isn’t embroidered, and it doesn’t even feature a New Balance logo.

But it is still official merchandise and still looks very smart. Some would argue it makes sound financial sense to bring out a different kit for a different market, but others would prefer the cheaper kit to be made available to fans closer to home.