Liverpool FC was one of the first few clubs to be formed when the Football League was created in 1888. At that time, it was known as Everton Football Club and hosted the blue and white quartered shirts. This shirt and the partnership between Everton and Liverpool became the identity of Anfield for eight years. After the dispute between Everton players and John Houlding, who was the club president and landowner at Anfield, Everton left for Goodison Park and Liverpool FC emerged to make its mark at the iconic Anfield ground.
Liverpool now required its own identity at Anfield. Hence, the iconic color combination of red and white jersey was developed. Red was adopted because it represented the city’s color of red. Liverpool continued to wear red shirts and white shorts until 1964. At that time, the club’s manager Bill Shankly came up with the idea of all red home kit. This sprung from his ideology that all red creates a powerful psychological reaction, exudes a sense of power and a sense of dominance not only among the team players but also the team’s rivals.
The iconic all-red first appeared in a match against Anderlecht in the 1964-65 season. The all red socks first made the way with matching all-red jersey and shorts in FA fifth round match. The newly all-red Liverpool won the 1965 FA Cup and this color has been the first choice of the club ever since. In 1968, the club introduced modern version of club crest: it was a white liver bird embroidered directly on the club’s shirt. In 1992, the club adopted new crest: the familiar liver bird against a red and white shield with team’s anthem appears above the shield and the flames on either side represent Hillsborough Memorial outside Anfield. In 1999, the crest was again updated and appeared in two iconic colors. From 2012 onwards, the crest was simplified to include liver bird embroidered in the golden color.
The reds jersey for 2019-20 pays homage to legendary Bob Paisley and each jersey with have his signature inscribed on the inside of the neck. Retaining the deep red, the jersey will also feature white pinstripes inspired by 1982-83 league title clinch by the Reds during Paisley’s last year as manager.