Liverpool boss Rodgers reeling in Manchester City defender

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Liverpool looks the most likely destination for Manchester City defender Micah Richards after the 25-year-old opted against signing a new deal with the Etihad club.

The Sky Blues meet the Merseysiders this Sunday in a crunch Premier League clash that could see Manuel Pellegrini’s team tighten their grip on the title with just a handful of games left to play.

Those backing a victory for the Citizens can get 9/5 on such an outcome, while a draw, which would also favour the visitors, is offered at 13/5 by Ladbrokes.

However City’s preparations for the big clash have been undermined by these latest developments which could see Richards opt for a summer move to Liverpool, with the Reds believed to be among the clubs keen to land the England international.

The Birmingham-born defender has grown frustrated at a lack of regular first-team action under Pellegrini, with the Chilean preferring to start Pablo Zabaleta at right-back, with his teammate restricted to just 10 starts this term.

And while Arsenal are thought to be keen on the full-back, Liverpool have the edge at present with the Merseysiders currently offering the City star the opportunity to sign for a club competing for top honours in the Premier League, rather than simply Champions League qualification.

This latest development is a welcome boost to the Anfield club, who appear to be gathering momentum at just the right time domestically and head into Sunday’s home clash with Sky Blues as the 11/8 favourites for a victory.

Secure a priceless win and the Merseysiders will be on course for a first title in 24 years with Ladbrokes currently offering odds of 7/4 on the Reds claiming top Premier League honours.

With Richards potentially on board with Liverpool from next term, the future is looking pretty rosy for the Reds.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.