Liverpool ran out 2-0 winners from their opening friendly against Bologna on Thursday, but supporters were left bemused by their red, black and white kit combo.
It was a positive runout for what was close to Liverpool’s strongest possible side in pre-season, most notably as Virgil van Dijk played 42 minutes in his first start back from injury.
Fans can consider it a productive display from the Reds, despite the lack of quality on show from Bologna, but there was one talking point that had onlookers scratching their heads.
Against a side wearing all white, Liverpool wore their home shirt along with the black shorts and white socks from their new away kit, in what resembled closer to a Man United strip.
That was the line of thinking among supporters as they took to social media to question the decision…
— Chris Mac (@chrismackop) August 5, 2021
Liverpool have gone full Man United with this absolutely bizarre kit combo. And the white socks match the opposition's. Weird.
— Matt Ladson (@mattladson) August 5, 2021
The Reds looking like they’re wearing a Man United kit isn’t something I was expecting to see
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) August 5, 2021
This kit is not Liverpool. Bring back Graham Carter.
— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) August 5, 2021
This is a United kit… pic.twitter.com/A2csp1MfUz
— Jack Lusby (@LusbyJack) August 5, 2021
Liverpool are playing in red shirts, black shorts, and cream/green socks, against Bologna who are all in white. I expect I’ll go to my grave never knowing why.
— Kerry Daniels (@kezmodo) August 5, 2021
Liverpool playing in a Man Utd kit today?!
— SimonBrundish (@SimonBrundish) August 5, 2021
Great to see Liverpool's new Manchester United kit.
— Öwen (@or84) August 5, 2021
Those are United colours ?
— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) August 5, 2021
This kit pic.twitter.com/pZA7MDgIwS
— Jonathan Higgins (@Jhiggins3) August 5, 2021
Liverpool clearly wearing this kit to distract us all from no signings.
— Gav (@LFCDT_Gav) August 5, 2021
There is likely a simple explanation, for example a lack of shorts and socks available for at least 22 players over two 60-minute games, but it was still a strange sight.
Kit clashes do at times force a mixup of home, away and third kits in the regular season, with even the slightest similarity prompting a change.
Hopefully this won’t happen too often, though, as it isn’t a colour scheme that suits the Reds!