LeBron James launches Liverpool FC trainers - but upsets Reds fans with design
Published 13:02 19/04/12 By MirrorFootball
Basketball star LeBron James is launching a new Liverpool inspired trainer - but the design has already drawn the ire of Reds fans.
NBA player James is a minority owner in the Anfield club and according to a release on the NESN website, owned by Liverpool chiefs John Henry and Tom Werner: "It is only fitting that the NBA superstar married an old passion (basketball shoes) with a newer one (historic English soccer club)."
The 'LeBron 9 Low Liverpool Edition' comes in Liverpool red and features an approximation of the Liver bird on Liverpool's club badge - though it has to be said not a very accurate one.
There are also 18 championship trophies on the sole, representing the number of titles won by the club. But the trophies on the shoe appear to be the image of the Premier League trophy - all Liverpool's title wins came before the Premier League was established in 1992.
Fans have already begun registering their disgust on the NESN website.
One, named Faith Fulcher, wrote: "Get rid of those designs immediately. IF YOU ARE GOING TO PORTRAY A LIVERBIRD - PLEASE ENSURE THE DESIGN IS 100% Correct."
Another named Jason Hickey, added: "18 premiership titles on the sole? What a joke, surely he knows we have never won a prem title yet? What a joke."
Sam Horewood simply said: "This is a PR disaster."
The trainers are not yet available, but the release date is rumoured to be May 5, when Liverpool take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
See the trainers for yourself in the pictures above and let us know what you think of them.