Report: Brendan Rodgers eager to bring Micah Richards to Liverpool

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is desperate to add Micah Richards to his defensive options, according to reports.

Liverpool have reportedly moved a step closer to signing Manchester City defender Micah Richards.

After a disappointing season mostly spent battling with a number of injuries, Richards has seen himself fall even further down the pecking order, with recent arrival Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta set to fight it out for the right-back spot in Manuel Pellegrini's side.

According to The Mirror, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to take advantage of the situation as he looks to add to his defensive options ahead of the new campaign.

The report claims that the 26-year-old's ability to comfortably play at full-back or in the centre of defence is a big factor for Rodgers, who is believed to be planning talks with the England international in the near future.

Newcastle United have also been linked with Richards this summer, but the arrival of Daryl Janmaat could see them pull out of the race.

Dietemar Hamann of Manchester City celebrates with Jo Silva and Stephen Ireland after scoring the second goal during the UEFA Cup 1st Round 1st Leg Qualifying match between EB/Streymur and Manchester City at the Torsvollur Stadium on July 17, 2008
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