The 1989/90 season has stuck with Liverpool fans worldwide for longer than any
associated with the club would ever have imagined at the time. As the team celebrated
lifting the League title, little did we know that this would be the last time that Liverpool
Football Club could ever be classified the greatest team in England. As we enter the
2008/09 season, it has now been 18 years since our club has finished a campaign at the
top of the table. In 1989/90, John Barnes was again showing his class, scoring 28 goals
in 45 games.
The 1980s will never really be regarded as a high point for fashion, and this beast from
1989 is met with either adoration or disgust. Adidas decided to scrap the simple one or
two toned designs of the previous years, and created a ‘speckly / diamondy / god
knows what’ jersey. Liverpool Football club also decided that the single Liverbird was
now in need of modernising, and in came a shield like design around the famous bird. At
the start of the 1990/91 season, the players also started to wear round Division One
Football League patches, which were stitched to the sleeves.
This shirt was worn by Ronnie Whelan in 1989/90. It is obvious that it was used in
1989/90 and not 1990/91 because of two traits: 1) The number on the rear of the shirt is
made of cotton and stitched to the shirt (in 1990/91 numbering was made of white
velveteen) and 2) There are no patches on the sleeves (These came into production for
the start of the 1990/91 season).
Here are the team celebrating Liverpool's last League title in 1990.
Genuine match worn shirts from this year feature an embroidered Adidas badge (with
two registered ® trademarks) and an embroidered Liverpool badge. There was only
one type of sponsorship logo; a single-lined version as shown above. Once again, no
long sleeve replicas were ever released by Adidas, so if you see a genuine long sleeve
shirt, then you can rest-assured that it is a match issued jersey.
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