Liverpool loan bid rejected

Micah Richards

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had identified Manchester City's Micah Richards as cover for the injured Glen Johnson.

Whilst all the talk surrounding Liverpool on deadline day had been about Yevhen Konoplyanka, Rodgers had also been planning a move for Manchester City's Micah Richards.

The Daily Mail has reported, however, that Liverpool have had a loan bid rejected for Richards.

 

With Glen Johnson out injured, Rodgers had clearly identified Richards as someone who could come in and cover for Johnson, as well as being able to play in the centre of defence.

Richards has only played in two Premier League games for Manchester City this season, and has found it hard to displace Pablo Zabaleta in the last two years. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, however, seems reluctant to let the 25-year-old English player leave the club - at least until a replacement is brought in.

This similar to the Joleon Lescott situation, who has been linked with a move to West Ham. If Eliaquim Mangala can be brought in to City from FC Porto, however, then that could change matters. Manchetser City would still be unlikely to let Richards and Lescott both leave, but at least one could depart if Mangala arrives.

Richards himself would surely relish the opportunity to join Liverpool on loan and grab the chance to play first-team football. Liverpool are battling for a top four spot this season, and it would be a perfect chance for Richards to show he is still capable of playing at the highest level despite his injury setbacks.

There is also still time for Richards to demonstrate to England manager Roy Hodgson that he is worthy of a pick for the World Cup in Brazil over the summer.

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