After a poor season in 1986/87, Liverpool returned to winning ways in 1987/88, and
regained the League title. The club almost made it a memorable double, but slipped up
in the 1988 FA Cup Final, losing famously to Wimbledon. John Barnes was the
outstanding player of the season, scoring 17 goals, and winning the PFA Player of the
The 1987/88 season was to be the last year that Crown Paints sponsored the club. This
meant that this shirt was only used for one season, and therefore makes it much harder
to find than the 1985/87 or 1989/91 home shirts from the same era. The new shirt was
made from the same exact material as the previous home jersey, but a change to the
collar radically altered the look of kit. The 'cross-over' neck was a round design that
echoed the shirts used prior 1976, and a far cry from the 'trendy' v-neck of the early
When Ian Rush left for Juventus at the start of the 1987/88 season, Liverpool fans
feared the worst, wondering who would score the vital goals needed to challenge for
major honours. As the moustached hero jetted off for Italy, another dark-haired
moustached striker took to leading our line. John Aldridge did the unthinkable; he had
followed in the footsteps of the clubs greatest striker, and kept pace. Aldridge scored
in each of the first NINE games of the season, and netted seventeen more times to
ensure Liverpool secured the League title once again. Aldridge wore this shirt multiple
times during that impressive campaign.
This shirt was famously worn in the 1988 FA Cup Final.
Genuine match worn shirts from this year feature an embroidered Adidas badge (with
two registered ® trademarks) and an embroidered Liverbird. Unlike the previous
seasons, there was only one type of sponsorship logo; a double-lined version as shown
above. Once again, no long sleeve replicas were ever released by Adidas.
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