LeBron James wears leaked Liverpool kit on arrival for LA Lakers match
LeBron James shows off leaked special edition Liverpool kit on arrival for the LA Lakers game, as the basketball star and FSG investor teases release of a clothing range with the Premier League side he invests in
- NBA great LeBron James teased the release of a clothing range with Liverpool
- The star arrived for LA Lakers latest NBA match wearing a special edition kit
- James has collaborated with Liverpool on a series of trainers in recent years
LeBron James has all but confirmed an upcoming clothing range with Liverpool after being pictured arriving at a Los Angeles Lakers NBA match sporting a special edition shirt.
The top matches images leaked from a Liverpool fan account on Twitter earlier this month.
James arrived for the Lakers match against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday wearing a special edition kit, which is expected to be released as part of the LeBron and Liverpool collection.
LeBron James wore a special edition Liverpool kit ahead of an expected clothing range launch
The shirt matched an image leaked earlier this month of James’ Liverpool collaboration
The shirt features his logo in the centre and is black with red pin stripes.
Liverpool and Nike logos are also featured, while the letters YNWA (You’ll Never Walk Alone) are included as part of of the design.
James also wore Nike Air Max 1 trainers on Wednesday, which features his insignia on the heel, as well as the Liverpool logo.
The 38-year-old star shared images on social media following the Lakers’ 113-104 win over the San Antonio Spurs, showing his support for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The four-time NBA champion reposted images of the Liverpool inspired products on Instagram
An upcoming release of Nike LeBron 20 Liverpool trainers has also been teased, with Liverpool’s red colours central to the design of the latest collaboration.
The release of a clothing range between James and Liverpool would build on their existing relationship, with footwear having been produced since the basketball legend took a minority stake in the Premier League club back in 2011.
The four-time NBA champion first bought a two per cent stake in Liverpool in 2011 for £4.7million with business partner Maverick Carter, the same year FSG bought Liverpool for £300m.
The Premier League team’s value has since soared to what Forbes estimates to be worth £3.6bn.
James, pictured in a Liverpool kit in 2020, first bought a stake in the team back in 2011
James, pictured at Anfield in 2011, when he first bought a stake in the Premier League side
This followed Liverpool’s Champions League triumph in 2019 and Premier League title win in 2020, as well as renovation and expansion of the club’s historic Anfield stadium and a rise in the top-flight’s lucrative TV deals.
James converted his stake in Liverpool to a one per cent share in FSG’s global empire in March 2021.
As well as Liverpool and the Red Sox, FSG also owns the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team, 80 per cent of New England Sports Network and half of Roush Fenway Racing.
Forbes last year estimated James’s FSG take to be worth £74m.
The LA Lakers star has previously collaborated with Liverpool and Nike on a range of footwear
James and Liverpool have long-term deals with Nike, with the star having a lifetime agreement
Both James and Liverpool have long-standing agreements with Nike.
The basketball great first signed a deal with the sportswear giant in 2003 at age 18, before penning a lifetime deal in 2015, which is claimed to be worth ‘tens of millions’ a year.
In June 2022, Forbes named James as the first active NBA player to become a billionaire.
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner had told the Boston Globe in 2021 that a product line with James had been planned, with seven or eight products being produced by Nike.
The collaboration was likened to Michael Jordan’s historic deal with Nike, which began with the launch of Air Jordans in 1985 and has become a vastly successful brand.
FSG announced last November that they were considering new stakeholders at Liverpool.
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