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Ranked! The 20 best Premier League shirts EVER

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13. Coventry, 1996/97 (home)

Coventry’s pantheon of kits over the years have arguably been the most vile of any club anywhere on earth, but this Le Coq Sportif dazzler was the exception to the rule – a Sky Blue-Dark Blue combo worn beautifully by the likes of Peter Ndlovu and... er, Gazza?

12. Portsmouth, 2003-05 (home)

Happier times for Fratton Park’s loyal fans, and their greatest kit, only enhanced by having a nice little heart on the front courtesy of Beanie Baby manufacturers Ty - which also led to a range of Pompey bears.

11. Tottenham, 1997-99 (home)

David Ginola can’t be seen in any old tat – and the French matinee idol looked impeccable in this glorious Tottenham top with its minimalist design and retro collar. The German duo of adidas and Holsten was also apt for the era of Jurgen Klinsmann. Euro chic.

10. Southampton, 2001-2003, home

Like Newcastle, it’s hard to design a bad Saints shirt – and we’re devotees of the five medium-sized red stripe model that was adhered to between 1896 and the mid 1970s. The millennium-straddling model was near-perfect – fit for Le Tiss to blast some of the Premier League’s best ever goals in.

9. Liverpool, 2013/14 (home)

Liverpool had some of the best kits in the '60s, '70s and '80s – simple, bold and striking – before hitting the skids through much of the Premier League era, both on the pitch and in the designer’s studio. But they’ve been getting it together in both departments over recent years, and the 2013/14 model, worn by Luis Suarez as he did his damnedest to drag the Reds to the title, was the best effort: a hat tip to the side’s much-told history without dipping into nostalgia.  

8. West Ham, 1999-01 (home)

The best claret ’n’ blue shirt ever made: a rare Fila venture into the field of making UK kits, this none-more-London combo of classic colours and Dr Martens sponsor logo looked a treat on the back of genius/madman Paolo Di Canio.

7. Leeds, 1995/96 (home)

Thanks to the kind of extreme decluttering that would delight Channel 4’s Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, Leeds looked a billion dollars in ’95. Asics simplified the lot – no mad swirls, sleeve trims or fancy collars here; they even took off the shield-shaped United crest and replaced it with a lovingly embroidered L.U.F.C. Suddenly, Tony Yeboah, Gary Mac, Brian Deane & Co. resembled something out of the Don Revie era. Glorious.