Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The new Liverpool 2016-17 home kit is now available in Manila!

New Balance is proud to officially reveal the new 2016/17 Liverpool FC home kit. New Balance’s progressive approach to design continues with the unveiling of Liverpool FC’s famous home shirt in High Risk red.

The shirt has been launched as part of the 2016/17 season ‘Made for Liverpool’ campaign which explores what it means to be a Liverpool FC fan. Each kit (home, away and third) in the range will feature words from some of Liverpool FC’s famous figureheads, each quote exemplifying the unique nature of the fan-base and the Club. The home shirt features a former Club Captain’s famous words, “There’s no noise like the Anfield noise” to the inner hem, paying homage to the special and renowned atmosphere of the stadium.

Richard Wright, General Manager of New Balance Football said: “When creating this kit, the R&D team analysed crucial football data and core body movement to produce a garment that has been engineered to perform at the highest level. From the highly breathable fabric to the seam-free construction and the moisture wicking NB Dry technology, this kit offers support in the areas that players need it most.”

The kit has been developed using NB Dry technology, a moisture wicking fabric that keeps players cool and dry whilst wicking sweat from the body, making it fast drying. It also features a gradiated mesh, which is engineered into the fabric to allow for improved air movement around the body compared to traditional fabrics.

The shirt’s design has been developed using the latest heat bonding technology. It features body mapping across zonal areas of the chest and reinforced bonded seams down the side panels and shoulders to increase comfort and reduce friction compared to traditional fabric constructions. Additionally the kit has a built-in, engineered lumber panel and tactical placement of Amber yellow cognitive recognition flashes which have been designed for easy identification of elements of the garment at rapid speed. Laser cut and bonded eyelets placed below the arms further aid airflow around the body.
The shirt design features a tipped short stand button polo collar, accented with Amber yellow to give the top a stylish look. 

To commemorate the tragic events of Hillsborough, the 96 emblem, encased by the eternal flames sits at the nape of the neck.

The kit is completed by red shorts, with yellow logos and a white number and solid red socks, finished off with the yellow Liver bird crest. To offer added support to the ankle, the socks have built in comfort zones while the footbed has been developed with polypropylene to alleviate excess moisture when the foot makes contact with the boot.

The goalkeeper kit is constructed with engineered Flex fabric panels to offer a greater range of movement. These Flex zones are identified by contrast heat transfers. The Locust green design with black shoulder zones ensures the kit has a standout but stylish look, complementing the outfield kit design. 

Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool FC’s Manager had nothing but admiration for the kit: “This team has the winning mentality and now, with this spectacular new home kit every player will look the part lighting up Anfield.”


  1. Hi sir rick, would you know where I could get these locally?

  2. Hi, Cholo. Check out Planet Sports and New Balance stores. The one at BGC has!