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In the past you could expect your average Premier League team to at least have a home strip for two seasons, but these days it seems more sides are releasing more kits on an annual basis.

For example, Borussia Dortmund had three home strips for the 2012/13 campaign, and while no Premier League outfit has ventured into that territory (yet) you can still expect some top flight clubs to release three new kits every year.

To help keep on top of all the latest designs (including the good, the bad and the ugly) Sportsmail will bring you all the latest new strips you can expect to see during the 2013/14 Premier League season.

Chelsea

True Blues: David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Fernando Torres and Oscar model the new Chelsea kit

True Blues: David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Fernando Torres and Oscar model the new Chelsea kit

HOME KIT

It seemed fitting that Chelsea released a strip with gold trim last season having won the Champions League in 2012.

But despite another European triumph in the Europa League, the Blues have gone back to basics and resorted to a standard blue home strip with white trim for the new campaign.

Subtle changes also see the kit revert to a v-neck design, while the club crest which was blue and gold last term, goes back to its more common four-colour design.

The west London club have a decent track record when it comes to releasing smart home kits, and this is no different, even if it is a bit expensive. Certainly one that will look good down King’s Road.

Home kit cost: 49.99
Home kit verdict: 8/10

Keeping it simple: Juan Mata, Petr Cech, Fernando Torres and Oscar model next season’s Chelsea kit

 

Liverpool

Staying put? Luis Suarez posed in the new Liverpool strip alongside Steven Gerrard and Pepe Reina

Staying put? Luis Suarez posed in the new Liverpool strip alongside Steven Gerrard and Pepe Reina

HOME KIT

Made by Warrior, the home kit
is the second produced by the American sportswear manufacturer and is
based on the club’s 1984 kit – the year Liverpool won their fourth
European Cup.

The
all-red strip contains subtle changes from this season’s number, with
the sleeves and collar now displaying white trim in a strip that is sure
to go down well with supporters.

Two embroidered Eternal Flames
alongside a 96 logo are located on the nape of the shirt’s neck to
commemorate the events at Hillsborough in 1989.

We liked last season’s debut home strip from Warrior, but this is even better and nicely compliments the eye-catching passing game that manager Brendan Rodgers has got his Reds’ side playing.

Home kit cost: 45
Home kit verdict:
9/10

Past glories: The kit takes inspiration from the strip worn by the European Cup winning side of 1984

Manchester City

Trim: The sky-blue jersey is complete with a navy and white lining

Trim: The sky-blue jersey is complete with a navy and white lining

HOME KIT

Following on from England’s lead, Manchester City have ditched Umbro and switched to Nike in a deal worth 72million over six years.

But unlike the Three Lions and their ‘German’ strip, at least this kit won’t be mistaken for their rivals, Manchester United, as this number is traditional sky blue with white and navy trim.

The deposed Premier League champions
said of their new home kit: ‘The kit pays homage to City’s heritage
while reflecting the future. The shirt is a classic football design, and
unmistakably City, featuring a sky blue body with a white ribbed crew
neck and cuffs. 

‘The collar and cuffs also feature a
dark blue trim to represent the colour of the socks City wore as a part
of one of their first ever kits in 1892. Weighing only 150 grams, and
made from recycled polyester, it is the lightest shirt Nike has ever
produced.’

The club crest has been embroidered
inside the shield shape to pay tribute to the Manchester coat of arms
and inside the neck, the words ‘Pride in Battle’ are stitched, the
translation of the club motto Superbia in Proelio.

Nike’s kit is a conservative start but it looks great and proves sometimes simplicity is best. The one downside though is the ridiculously expensive price.

Home kit cost: 55.00
Home kit verdict: 8/10

Watch and learn, Gael: Milner shows his prowess as Clichy watches

Watch and learn, Gael: Milner shows his prowess as Clichy watches

Pitching in: Samir Nasri and Milner (right) have a kickabout in the 2013/14 strip

Glimpse: England No 1 Joe Hart wore City’s new goalkeeping kit

Newcastle

AWAY KIT

We’ve seen Newcastle release some horrendous away strips in years gone by (who could forget the cream-cracker effort from 2009/10?), but under Puma the Toon have started to turn out in respectable numbers.

Next season’s away kit continues that trend, with a fetching navy blue design complimented well by light blue trim.

The only downside is for the first time it will have a giant Wonga logo on the front, a sponsor that has proved controversial with sections of supporters.

Wonga are not going away any time soon but a positive for the kit is the colour scheme of the sponsor blends well into the strip – it could be worse Toon fans.

Away kit cost: 44.99
Away kit verdict: 7/10

New design: Steven Taylor shows off Newcastle's latest away kit

New design: Steven Taylor shows off Newcastle’s latest away kit

Norwich

Game for a laugh: Bradley Johnson, Robert Snodgrass, Russell Martin and John Ruddy challenge the youngsters (below) to a game

Game for a laugh: Bradley Johnson, Robert Snodgrass, Russell Martin and John Ruddy challenge the youngsters (below) to a game

HOME KIT

New kit, bright future and fresh hope. Norwich defied many expectations to comfortably beat relegation after Chris Hughton took over from the successful Paul Lambert, and now they have much to look forward to.

The Canaries’ defeated Chelsea to win the FA Youth Cup but an even younger generation look set for Carrow Road stardom.

Kit makers Errea are in their third season supplying Hughton’s outfit and to celebrate the release of their new strip, the Italian designers produced a highly amusing promotional video showing the youth of today running rings around top stars such as John Ruddy and Bradley Johnson.

It’s a tidy effort from Errea, who have made big changes to the kit with added green, but it’s simple enough to remain easy on the eye. After all, no one wants a repeat of the awful design from 1992-1994.

Home kit cost: 45
Home kit verdict: 7/10

 

Stoke

AWAY KIT

It’s been a very low-key season for Stoke who have spent most of the campaign playing an efficient brand of football that has once again seen them beat relegation, but where do the club go from here?

Tony Pulis’ men have spent the majority of their five years in the top flight hovering around lower mid-table but could be set to cause a shock next season…well, maybe away from home anyway.

The club have released a new away strip alongside the slogan ‘Stoke Electri-City’, with the striking black shirt with fluorescent yellow and white trim featuring the specially-adapted 150th anniversary club badge and 1863-2013 dateline on the back.

We’re not too sure where the electric side comes into it, but even if it does look slightly like a goalkeeper’s jersey, something has to have the players fully charged ahead of the upcoming campaign.

Away kit cost: 45
Away kit verdict: 5/10

Striking: Peter Crouch and Robert Huth in Stoke's new away kit

Striking: Peter Crouch and Robert Huth in Stoke’s new away kit

 


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