Following the treble success in 2000/01, there were high expectations for the 2001/02
season. Liverpool started the campaign strongly, winning the Charity Shield and the
Super Cup by beating Manchester United and CSKA Sofia respectively. The club also
achieved its highest points total ever in league, notching up 80 points from 38 games,
only to see Arsenal realise an impressive 87. The progress the club had made over the
last two years was encouraging, and the reds were back in the Champions League
competition, which delighted the fans almost as much as finishing ahead of Manchester
United in the league that season.
Reebok created a new away shirt at the start of the 2001/03 campaign that was
primarily white, but had flashes of black and yellow on the jersey. The Carlsberg logo
was now made of a hard plastic, compared to the softer felt used in earlier designs.
Reebok again issued both long and short sleeves to the general public.
This shirt was worn by Steven Gerrard.
(above) Stevie wearing this shirt in an away fixture.
(above) Stevie lifting the European Cup in 2005.
This shirt was issued for both European and domestic competitions, which means that
there are both genuine large AND small Carlsberg versions of match shirts available.
The European shirt is quite tricky to authenticate as unlike the 2001/02 shirts, both
replicas and match shirts had the same plastic Reebok chest logo. The only material
differences were in the washing tags and the lack of a hydromove logo on the right
sleeves, which is not ideal. The Premier League match issued shirts are therefore much
more valuable as they posses the larger 27cm Carlsberg logo.
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