The Liver Bird has long been the symbol of this football club. Taken from the city's coat of arms, it was first adopted by the club at the turn of the 20th century, when it was used on the League Championship medals presented to the players in 1901. It then appeared on a club flag celebrating the team's early title triumphs in 1922, a programme cover from 1935 and this picture from the 1930s shows the players at Anfield wearing track-suit tops with the Liver Bird on.

 

It was another two decades however before the Liver Bird made its way onto the kit, its first appearance coming in 1950. The occasion was the club's second FA Cup Final appearance and their first at Wembley. It was the biggest date yet in Liverpool's history and a white Liver Bird, standing on a plinth and encased in a red shield was proudly emblazoned on the white away shirt.

 

For selected away games over the next five years, Liverpool occasionally ran out in very similar shirts to the ones worn at Wembley. Midway through the 1955-56 season, the Liver Bird finally took pride of place on the home shirt for the first time, reincarnated in a new design - red on a white oval patch, still on its perch and now with the initials L.F.C. underneath. 

The crest on the shirt remained unchanged for the next 14 years, surviving the switch from v-neck to round neck and the introduction of the now famous all-red strip.

 

There was, however, one notable exception. It came on the unforgettable 1 May 1965 for the FA Cup Final versus Leeds at Wembley when a white Liver Bird was stitched onto the shirt itself rather than on the patch as goals from Roger Hunt and Ian St John sealed the most famous of victories.

 

In 1969 the Liver Bird eventually hatched from its oval, left its pedestal and stood alone on the shirt for the first time.  This new simpler design made its competitive debut on the opening day of the season at home to Chelsea in a 4-1 win.

 

Over the best part of the next two decades this version of the Liver Bird accompanied Liverpool on a glorious march to success at home and abroad. The only visible change as a glittering array of honours were brought home to the Anfield nest being the switch in colour from white to yellow ahead of the 1976-77 season and then back again during the double-winning campaign of 1985-85.

 

A one-off change during this time was for the European Cup Final of '77 when the Liver Bird appeared in a double-edged circle containing details of the match stitched around it.

 

The summer of 1987 saw sweeping changes around Anfield. Ian Rush left for Juventus, John Barnes and Peter Beardsley were drafted in to replace him and the official club crest which had been used for administration and merchandising purposes since the early Seventies appeared on the kit for the first time. The Liver Bird remained prominent but was back within a shield and no longer had the L.F.C. initials underneath.

 

The next change of crest came about in 1992, to commemorate the club's centenary year, and a smaller red Liver Bird was incorporated into the new design.


It stayed that way until the summer of 2012 when the stand alone yellow Liver Bird, the one so associated with the glory-laden late Seventies and early Eighties, returned to the chest of Liverpool's shirts on the new Warrior kits.