Manchester United took on Liverpool at Old Trafford this weekend in one of the most captivating games of the still-new 2010-11 Premier League Season.

However enthralling the game was it was Steven Gerrard’s adidas Predator_X‘s that really caught our eyes!

We spend the whole game trying to figure out what colourway the Liverpool Captain’s football boots were, before deciding that this is definitely a previously-unseen version of adidas’ Power boot.

Rather than being an unreleased colourway, we’ve got a suspicion that Gerrard’s Black/Gold/White Predators are a Mi Adidas creation, as we think we’ve created a pretty good mock-up.

Steven Gerrard's custom adidas Predator_X Football Boots

The gold heel counter and ‘tongue’ are definitely understated and unusual, but Gerrard’s design really seems to work with the black and gold – maybe when Gerrard retires adidas will offer him a job in their football boots design department!

The game itself was definitely a tale of two Predators as Gerrard bagged both of Liverpool’s goals, and Dimitar Berbatov’s sublime aerial hat-trick ensured that Manchester united grabbed all three points.

Dimitar Berbatov scores for Man Utd in Custom adidas Football Boots

As you can see, as Berba executed a bicycle kick he inadvertently revealed that he’s yet another Manchester United player who prefers the soleplate of the old Predator PowerSwerve, just like his team-mates Anderson and Luis Antonio Valencia.

We’d love to know why so many professionals opt for the PowerSwerve soleplate – we’d hazard a guess that it’s something to do with either the 8-stud SG traxion configuration, or a preference for the older PowerPulse+ system over the new PowerSpine – but we’d love to know for sure!

Why do you think pro’s like Berbatov, Van Persie, Beckham and Xavi have been favouring the old Predator technology on their football boots?

Thanks to Footy-Boots Regular reader Ryan for helping us out on this one!

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  1. says: kyle

    Just in time for Winter: adidas Predator Headwear!

    Expect Nike to rival them with the new T90 Laser Scarves, and Puma to bring out the Puma v1.10SL ‘Speed EarMuffs’! ;o)

  2. says: Ben Snair

    maybe it has something to do with the weight distribution from the studs. i had four pairs of powerswerves, and they were a lot more comfortable than my pred x

  3. says: Manny

    Those Predators of Gerrard looks a lot like the Predator PS Rome Champions league editions with the combo of Black/Gold/Red.

    On The other boots, I also had Predator PS and the 8 stud X-trx outsole is more comfortable than the 6 stud on the Predator X, and a lot of people I have spoken to prefer 8- to 6-stud configuration

  4. says: Splinter09

    The years go by and Adidas Predators still make the difference. Gerrard’s customized Predators look mint, can we get a shot of Berba’s?

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