On Monday; New Balance proudly revealed the new 2016/17 Liverpool FC home kit, with the American footwear manufacturer unveiling the Reds’ famous strip in High Risk red.
The shirt has been launched as part of the 2016/17 season ‘Made for Liverpool’ campaign, which explores what it means to be a Liverpool fan. Each kit (home, away and third) in the range will feature words from some of Liverpool’s famous figureheads, each quote exemplifying the unique nature of the fanbase and the club.
The home shirt features a former Club Captain’s famous words, “There’s no noise like the Anfield noise” to the inner hem, paying homage to the special and renowned atmosphere of the stadium.
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool manager, had nothing but admiration for the new strip: “This team has the winning mentality and now, with this spectacular new home kit every player will look the part lighting up Anfield.”
The kit has been developed using NB Dry technology, a moisture wicking fabric that keeps players cool and dry whilst wicking sweat from the body, making it fast drying. It also features a gradiated mesh, which is engineered into the fabric to allow for improved air movement around the body compared to traditional fabrics.
The shirt’s design has been developed using the latest heat bonding technology. It features body mapping across zonal areas of the chest and reinforced bonded seams down the side panels and shoulders to increase comfort and reduce friction compared to traditional fabric constructions.
Additionally the kit has a built-in, engineered lumber panel and tactical placement of Amber yellow cognitive recognition flashes which have been designed for easy identification of elements of the garment at rapid speed. Laser cut and bonded eyelets placed below the arms further aid airflow around the body.
The shirt design features a tipped short stand button polo collar, accented with Amber yellow to give the top a stylish look.
Plus; to commemorate the tragic events of Hillsborough, the 96 emblem, encased by the eternal flames sits at the nape of the neck.
The kit is completed by red shorts, with yellow logos and a white number and solid red socks, finished off with the yellow Liver bird crest. To offer added support to the ankle, the socks have built in comfort zones while the footbed has been developed with polypropylene to alleviate excess moisture when the foot makes contact with the boot.
The goalkeeper kit is constructed with engineered Flex fabric panels to offer a greater range of movement. These Flex zones are identified by contrast heat transfers. The Locust green design with black shoulder zones ensures the kit has a standout but stylish look, complementing the outfield kit design.
Richard Wright, General Manager of New Balance Football, said: “When creating this kit, the R&D team analysed crucial football data and core body movement to produce a garment that has been engineered to perform at the highest level.
“From the highly breathable fabric to the seam-free construction and the moisture wicking NB Dry technology, this kit offers support in the areas that players need it most.”
The full range of New Balance Liverpool home kit products, including the Home Elite Player Jersey and Home Replica Jersey, are available at: www.newbalance.co.uk/football and in New Balance stores worldwide now.