After the highs of the 1980s both the players and the fans had high hopes for the 90s.
Things didn’t start too badly with a victory in the 1992 FA Cup Final over Sunderland,
but a sixth place finish was well below the high standards that Liverpool Football Club
had previously set. For the first time since 1985, Liverpool was once again competing in
Europe, although the dominant force had now timidly become a sleeping giant as the
reds crashed out to Genoa.
After the mixed reaction to the previous home shirt, Adidas created a new design to
mark the arrival of the 1990s. Whilst the crude Adidas sponsoring is nothing short of
unadulterated self-promotion, I have to say that it is one of my favourite shirts. The
jersey itself is very simple, two pieces of material stitched together down the sides –
and that is it! The three stripes on the shoulder and the Candy logo are all part of the
material itself, not ironed, embossed or embroidered on like previous shirts. The
Division One Football League patches had now become a regular feature on both
This shirt was worn by Ray Houghton during the 1991/92 season. Houghton was a very
small footballer, but incredibly hard working and energetic. Kenny Dalglish signed
Houghton for £825k in 1987 and he was an important player in the title winning side that
year. Graeme Souness decided to sell Houghton at the end of the 1991/92 season, a
widely criticised move, after Houghton had amassed over 200 appearances for the
reds. Little Ray will always be remembered for his ‘cartwheel/somersault roll’ in the
World Cup 94: The Irish Man’s answer to the African Nations’ triple back flip
Here is Ray in 1992.
The 1991/92 home shirt is considered to be relatively rare as it was only used for
one season. Every now and again a short sleeve version will be offered for sale, but the
real rarities are the long sleeve versions, which often change hands for for up to
£500gbp. 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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