Liverpool Transfer Rumors: Reds Shouldn't Enter Bidding War for Micah Richards

Joseph ZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 8, 2017

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 24:  Micah Richards of Manchester City look on during the Group D UEFA Champions League match between AFC Ajax and Manchester City FC at Amsterdam ArenA on October 24, 2012 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Why in the world would Liverpool want Micah Richards?

John Cross of the Mirror reported Richards will be targeted by Liverpool during this summer's transfer window:

Brendan Rodgers is keen on a summer move for Manchester City defender Micah Richards.

Liverpool have made an enquiry and are among a clutch of clubs who are interested in signing 24-year-old Richards.

Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are also watching developments closely while Real Madrid and Juventus have checked on his availability.

Richards developed into a talented right-back last season, but with Pablo Zabaleta already entrenched in the position at Manchester City, it's easy to see why the club might want to cash in on the young Englishman now.

Should he become available, Liverpool would enter a long line of clubs queuing for his services. Cross mentions four of Europe's top clubs. That list would continue to grow as the window approaches. The Reds would struggle to compete with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Real Madrid because the club isn't in the Champions League and doesn't look close to winning a title next season.

With the likes of PSG and Madrid possibly entering the fray, you're likely to see a massively inflated price for Richards. It's a price Liverpool couldn't possibly afford to match. Few clubs, Liverpool especially, would be able to beat either of the other two financially.

In order to sweeten a possible deal, Liverpool would have to offer higher wages and other bonuses to entice Richards to come to Anfield. Then, there's the added price that will come along as a result of the homegrown player rule.

That's worth it for some players. Richards is not one of those players.

Plus, how much do the Reds really need a right-back?

Glen Johnson has turned into one of Liverpool's most reliable players. He can sometimes get caught out of position, but you could say the same thing about any attacking full-back. Johnson will turn 29 years old next season, so he's still got a few years of productive football left.

There's no need to shove him out of the door right now.

Behind Johnson, Liverpool has Martin Kelly and Andre Wisdom. Kelly will turn 23 years old this month, and Wisdom will be 20 in May. They should be considered the club's future at the position.

Kelly suffered a major injury earlier in the season which has limited his chances. He should be able to make a full return by the time the 2013/14 season kicks off. Wisdom has grown by leaps and bounds this year. Brendan Rodgers has shown a lot of faith in him in moving him over to right-back.

They're only going to improve by getting time on the pitch. Richards is further along in his development at this stage, but neither Kelly nor Wisdom have been given the kind of first-team opportunities where it's fair to determine they won't be capable players.

Whatever transfer budget Rodgers has at his disposal this summer would be much better spent buying a playmaker like Christian Eriksen or a centre-back, like Ashley Williams, who would fit into the team's system.