Reds get to wear Red in Athens

Little details make big differences in European football, and Liverpool supporters will be delighted with the colours they've been allowed to wear in the European Cup final on May 23rd. The Reds stars will be wearing the all-Red colours first worn after a moment of inspiration by Bill Shankly, who felt it would make the already-massive Ron Yeats look even bigger, thus frightening the opposition. That was in the 1964-65 season for a European match against Anderlecht – prior to that Liverpool had worn white shorts.

Liverpool were actually drawn as the away team for the Champions League final, as they were last-time round in Istanbul. At the last final Milan decided they would wear their away kit of all white as they'd always felt it was their lucky colours, having worn white in five of their six successful Champions League finals. They've also lost three finals now, and two of those were in white – Ajax in 1995 and of course Liverpool in 2005.

Liverpool fans were delighted with the choice of kits in 2005 for another reason – Liverpool had won every one of their then four European Cups against opposition wearing white. Borussia Moenchengladbach in 1977, Bruge in 1978, Real Madrid in 1981 and Roma in 1984 had all been on the losing side as the Reds lifted big ears.

With Milan becoming the latest side to lose in white against Liverpool in a final, nobody expected them to make the decision to let Liverpool wear their home kits again in the 2007 final.