In a recent interview, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News, Brendan Rodgers potentially dropped the hint that he could make a move for former England defender Micah Richards because of his Premier League and Champions League experience:
‘We’re in a position now where we’re going straight into the group stage of the Champions League,’ said Rodgers.
‘We’re going into the Premier League next season with an expectation and a belief that we can win the league.'
‘We need players that have those qualities.’
The powerful defender has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield since last summer, and after just two Premier League appearances last season, the Manchester City number two has expressed his desire to leave the Etihad in order to get first team football.
However, if the 26-year-old is to get his move to Anfield this summer then it puts doubt over the short-term, and potentially long-term, future of England under-21 international Andre Wisdom.
Andre Wisdom, in many ways, is very similar to Micah Richards and the signing of the City star would ultimately see Wisdom drop down in the pecking order for both the full-back and centre-back position at Liverpool, as Richards plays those positions as well.
The 21-year-old, despite the heavy competition, had said to have been optimistic over a chance of breaking into the Liverpool team next season, but the signing of Richards makes that all the more unlikely.
The news, however, could give Derby County manager Steve McClaren a huge boost after suggesting he would try and sign the Liverpool defender this summer if the opportunity arose.
‘The next stage is keeping the players we have under contract together,’ McClaren told Sky Sports News. ‘I’d like to sort out the likes of Wisdom, Thorne and Bamford. Maybe we have a chance of getting them back because I think they’ve enjoyed their time here.’
Nevertheless, Liverpool are likely to want their young defender to progress further onwards from the Championship and join a Premier League team on-loan next season. Although, he looks unlikely to break into the Liverpool team at this moment in time, there is little doubt the England under-21 defender is of Premier League quality and is ready to prove that on a regular basis.