American company to design Liverpool jerseys
An American company that made its reputation manufacturing equipment for Canada's two national sports will become Liverpool's equipment supplier.
Warrior Sports, an athletic apparel company based in Warren, Mich., said Thursday it signed a six-year agreement to design the team's jersey.
Liverpool is owned by Fenway Sports Group, the parent company of the Boston Red Sox, while Warrior Sports is owned by Boston-based shoe company New Balance.
''We are here to shake up the world of football and our partnership with one of the most successful club teams of all time is just the start,'' Warrior Sports general manager Richard Wright said in a statement.
The deal is reportedly worth 25 million pounds ($38.6 million) a year to Liverpool.
Liverpool has won 18 English league titles, but none since 1990, and five European Cups. The team's current supplier is Adidas, the German company that outfits of five of the 20 Premier League clubs.
Nike and Umbro are the second-most popular designers in the league with three clubs each - Nike owns Umbro.
''Warrior Sports will bring its own unique brand and ideas to the partnership, ensuring that they can assist us at the club both on and off the field of play,'' Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre said. ''Sharing the same focus of domination and winning will be an incredibly important part of this partnership going forward.''
Warrior Sports, which was founded in 1992, was taken over by New Balance in 2004. Although it is new to soccer, the company has been in the business of designing gear for lacrosse and ice hockey, the national sports of Canada.