Liverpool are set to revive their interest in Micah Richards after he made it clear that he would not be interested in signing a new deal at Manchester City, according to the Metro.
City had been keen for their academy graduate to sign a new five-year deal to keep him at the Etihad stadium until 2019, but the defender believes it is time for him to move on after making just two league starts all season.
City wanted Richards to take a basic wage cut and make his contract more pay-when-you-play after suffering an injury hit last couple of years, but the former England man was not interested in such an idea.
City have in turn told Richards – who has just over a year left to run on his current contract – that he is free to leave in the summer and Liverpool are set to make their move for the forgotten man.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has held a long-term interest in Richards and with Glen Johnson yet to sign an extension to his deal that runs out in the summer, he could prove the perfect foil to fill the gap.
Liverpool reportedly made a bid to take Richards on loan for the remainder of the season in January and were rebuffed in their offer, but they are likely to have better luck in their hopes to finally land his signature, with City willing to do business at a reasonable price.
Micah Richards has managed just nine appearances in the past two seasons for Manchester City, but has made 18 interceptions and 46 clearances in that time.