Revealed - The one reason Rodgers won't sign Richards for Liverpool

Jon Flanagan (low quality)

There's a very obvious reason Brendan Rodgers is unlikely to sign Micah Richards from Manchester City and it's not his dodgy knee.

Reports have been linking Manchester City defender Micah Richards with a move to Liverpool but there’s a very good reason Brendan Rodgers won’t sign him.

In short, he doesn’t need him.

The area of the back four where Rodgers does need an extra player this summer is at left-back, a position which saw Rodgers use right-sided players down the left frequently last season.

The two primary right-backs at the club next season will be Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan and it’s Flanagan’s development, which suggests signing Richards would be a pointless move for the Liverpool boss.

Flanagan’s stats last season in several key defensive areas were impressive and competitive against more experienced players at the club.

  ClubPosBlocked CrossTotal TackleDuel WonInterception WonAppsMins
Jordan Henderson Liverpool MF 14 83 146 34 35 3,128
Martin Skrtel Liverpool DF 14 49 196 60 36 3,222
Glen Johnson Liverpool DF 13 64 189 50 29 2,521
Lucas Leiva Liverpool MF 10 88 161 50 27 1,872
Jon Flanagan Liverpool DF 6 79 142 40 23 1,898

He took on the challenge each time one of Liverpool’s rivals tried to focus on him as a weakness in the back four, with a superb performance away at Manchester United one of his most memorable performances in a campaign which nearly saw Liverpool win the league.

Flanagan should consider himself a little unlucky that he’s not going to the World Cup with England this summer, but that decision by Roy Hodgson benefits the club greatly.

Flanagan, providing he doesn’t have to fly out as one of the standbys, will have the opportunity to rest and enjoy a long summer before he returns to Melwood for preparations ahead of a difficult season.

Richards will want to be first choice and play frequently after a season where he’s made just five appearances in the Premier League and Champions League for City.

If he moves to Liverpool he’s going to be the third choice right-back behind Johnson and Flanagan and the fifth choice centre-back behind Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure.

His arrival would represent a good piece of business by Rodgers but it’s limited in terms of how much it helps the team.

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