Liverpool look set to be wearing Nike kits from next season after the club won a High Court case involving existing kit supplier New Balance.
The Liverpool Echo reported that the Anfield club had aimed to end their association with New Balance once the manufacturer’s current contract expires at the end of this season, only for the latter to file a claim in the High Court, insisting that they had had activated a matching clause in the contract which would oblige Liverpool to renew their partnership.
However, the club managed to convince judge Mr Justice Nigel Teare to rule in their favour, with Liverpool claiming that New Balance, whose deal is worth around £40m a year to the club (as per BBC), could not match Nike’s offer in relation to the marketing and distribution of club products. [via Sky News]
The Merseysiders now appear set to commence a five-year partnership with Nike from next summer, according to the Liverpool Echo, with Sky News reporting that the deal will be worth a total of £150m (£30m per year) to the Champions League holders.
These Liverpool fans on Twitter welcomed the High Court’s verdict on the kit dispute:
All fan’s care about is that they make a great kit, we have always had our own identity when it comes to kits so i hope the powers that be at Anfield have advised Nike that fans won’t accept a copy and paste generic kit design. After that this is fantastic business for LFC.
— clive merritt (@Clivemerritt) October 25, 2019
It helps the club. Period. Availability of the kit a plus too. New balance did wonderful but his moves us forward in the battle of being able to keep/bring in players. Things like this helped ManU in the 00’s, this could help us in the 20’s.
— Wood (@LFCChuck76) October 25, 2019
Shame for new balance but let’s not pretend Nike can’t put up bigger numbers. If the rumours about their Mbappe influence is even close to true it’s worth it
— Tomo (@lfctomo84) October 25, 2019
Absolutely fantastic news. Finally a football brand that will take us to the next level.. top news..
— Odysseas Alkanas (@oalkanas46) October 25, 2019
Fantastic deal for the club and with Nike, perhaps the reds are one step closer to that Mbappe signing next summer pic.twitter.com/4Fpf5DAofE
— CaptainDavey (@CaptainDaveyH) October 25, 2019
Here comes the money pic.twitter.com/tHUDDpYilk
— Andy Ray (@andyrayLFC) October 25, 2019
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