The Treble success in 2000/01 gave Liverpool Football Club the belief
that the club was back on the road to domination.
After winning a European trophy for the first time in 17 years,
fans were hungry to once again become a force amongst big-names
but crashed out to Bayer Leverkusen 4-3 on aggregate.
Reebok created a special one-off shirt to commemorate the UEFA Cup success in 2001
and the club’s return to the Champions League.
In a clear reference to the shirt worn by Liverpool
in their first 3 European wins (see the 1976-82 home shirt),
the new design followed a very similar design,
utilising a red body, gold badges, and white collars and cuffs.
also had ‘4 stars’ representing the cup wins in 77,78,81 and 84.
This shirt was worn by Vladimir Smicer in the 2001/02 Champions League.
Smicer, whilst never really making an impact at Liverpool Football Club,
will always be remembered as a cult hero for scoring the second goal
in the 2005 Champions League Final.
The shirt has been signed by the whole squad including
Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, and Emile Heskey.
A genuine player shirt is almost identical to the replica shirt
which makes it hard to sometimes differentiate.
The main difference is that there were NO long sleeve replicas ever made.
A short sleeve match worn shirt can be identified by
NO hydromove logo on the right sleeve, and NO neck label transfer on the neck.
Replicas all had a white box stating the shirt size in the back of the shirt.
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