Liverpool are due to officially release their new Nike away kit for the 2021/22 later this month, but one fan has already spotted the ecru shirt on sale in New Zealand.
The Reds are set to play their first friendlies of pre-season in July, and will predominantly be wearing their new home kit, which was unveiled at the end of the last campaign.
But as ever, Nike have also provided away and third kits for Jurgen Klopp‘s side, with designs and colour schemes for both having already been leaked.
It has been long known that Liverpool will wear ecru (or ‘fossil’) on the road next season, with the shirt to be a polo neck with ‘bright crimson’ and ‘dark atomic teal’ detailing.
With the release date edging closer, one shop in New Zealand has mistakenly put the shirts up for sale early, as discovered by supporter silentwitnes on Reddit.
Retailing at $115, the shirt has been confirmed as an “official Nike product” by the reliable Footy Headlines, allowing fans to get a better idea of how the kit will look.
It is strikingly similar to the home shirt from the 2018/19 season, but features a dark atomic teal sash down both sides along with the collar and cuffs.
The Standard Chartered and Expedia sponsors are in black, while the LFC and Nike logos are bright crimson, which contrasts well with the fossil.
This Is Anfield understands the new Nike away kit will launched shortly, with the third kit not set to be officially unveiled until after the season starts.
Liverpool are hoping to make “at least two more” signings this transfer window, as Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his squad ranks in two key positions.
The transfer market is beginning the heat up as Jadon Sancho completes a £73 million move to Man United that could see a number of clubs start their business.
A trickle-down effect should see Borussia Dortmund make moves, which would in turn allow others to bring in new players and so on, with the situation likely to see Liverpool become busier.
It has been maintained that the Reds will need to sell in order to buy, and in terms of incomings their focus is now on midfield and attack.
That is according to Goal‘s Neil Jones, who cites a source within the club in stating that “ideally, there would be at least two more arrivals, a midfield player and a forward.”
Yves Bissouma, John McGinn, Renato Sanches, Florian Neuhaus and Ryan Gravenberch are among the midfielders scouted, while forwards Ollie Watkins, Pedro Neto and Harvey Barnes have been monitored.
It seems more likely, though, that a surprise name could emerge in the weeks ahead, as was the case with Diogo Jota before his £45 million move from Wolves.
Interestingly, Jones has told The Redmen TV that the midfielder brought in would be to compete for a starting place.
Meanwhile, another right-back could be required if Neco Williams leaves in a deal worth around £10 million, despite suggestions James Milner, Joe Gomez and academy defender Conor Bradley could cover Trent Alexander-Arnold.
It may seem that Liverpool are being slow with their transfer business, but that just seems to be the nature of the window this time around, due to the ongoing pandemic and players taking part in the Euros and Copa America.
Konate is highly unlikely to be the only new arrival at Anfield, and fans can hope for exciting deals over the next month or so.
Divock Origi faces an uncertain future at Liverpool this summer, and with the club open to bids they could be looking to his “long-term admirers” to meet their price.
Origi is now heading into his eighth year as a Liverpool player, having scored 35 goals in 157 games for the club so far, including a number of hugely important ones.
But after playing just 17 times last season, of which only six were starts, his place in Jurgen Klopp‘s squad seems precarious, having fallen down the pecking order up front.
Liverpool are yet to further add to Klopp’s ranks following the £36 million signing of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig, but will be eager to in the coming weeks, chiefly in midfield and attack.
To do so, they will need to sell both to raise funds and free up space, with Origi among the players the club is willing to part ways with.
The Athletic‘s Caoimhe O’Neill adds that “if a suitable offer is tabled they will not stand in the 26-year-old’s way,” with a price tag of “around £15 million to £20 million” set.
O’Neill notes that Wolves agreed a £22 million deal for Origi back in 2018, which the player turned down, while the Midlands club returned with a loan offer last January only to be rejected.
Wolves, Jones writes, are “long-term admirers” of the striker, and as they are yet to sign a new striker this summer it stands to reason that they could return with another bid for Liverpool’s No. 27.
Matters will be complicated by a change in the dugout at Molineux, with Bruno Lage taking over from Nuno Espirito Santo, though Wolves are a club whose transfer operations are run by committee, rather than their head coach.
Wolves are set to see striker Raul Jimenez return to action from the start of next season, but given the severity of the head injury that ruled him out of the majority of the last campaign, it would be wise to establish competition for their No. 9.
Strangely, O’Neill suggests that “it is now looking likely Origi will keep his place as a squad player [at Liverpool] for next season,” due to the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, which will see Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane depart mid-season.
“The problem for Liverpool would be replacing [him],” she adds.
“For example, if he was sold for £20 million, bringing someone in with his level of experience for that price or less would be a big ask even for acclaimed transfer guru Michael Edwards.”
That is hugely debatable, given how little Origi contributed last season and the example set by Patson Daka’s £23 million move to Leicester earlier this week.