Liverpool launch new third kit inspired by Kop flags on Anfield European nights

Liverpool have released their new Nike third kit for the upcoming season, with the club saying that the design takes inspiration from the Kop.

The Reds have released a kit showing a black and grey checked pattern with red detailing on the badge, the Nike swoosh and the names and numbers on the back of the shirt.

They claim that the checked pattern is drawn from the flags that are often seen on the Kop during European matches which feature red and white checks.

“It’s always special to pull on the Liverpool shirt, especially when we get to play in European competitions at home in front of our fans,” said Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“There are no words to describe that feeling of walking out in front of our supporters on those special nights. This shirt is a great celebration of our club’s history and I can’t wait to wear it on the pitch.”

Nike Football Apparel vice-president Scott Munson said: “For the Liverpool FC third kit we explored the long-standing traditions of the club and how we could bring that to life through the lens of sneaker culture.

“We were inspired by the atmosphere of the Kop on those special European nights and an iconic Air Max colourway combined to create a third kit that delivers on style and performance.”

Liverpool launched the kit with the support of local fan group Spion Kop 1906 as well as supporter and fashion designer Nadia Atique, citing Spion Kop 1906's flags and local fan Atique's mission to change football fashion for women.

Spion Kop 1906 tweeted to confirm that through their work in the kit launch they were able to provide kits for underprivileged children in Liverpool through the help of the children's charity Kind.

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