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Liverpool are being linked with a shock move for England defender Micah Richards.

The England full back made his international debut as a teenager in 2006, and new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is reportedly keen on bringing the 22-year-old to Anfield.

A revelation after breaking into the first team for the Citizens in the 2005-06 season, Richards quickly built a reputation as a no-nonsense defender with bags of potential.

Tottenham Hotspur took an immediate interest in the player, and had a bid rejected for the player in summer '06. Spurs are still thought to be keen on the player, and like the Reds have been linked with a move for the player.

Questions over the player's temperament were raised in the following season after a rift with then manager Stuart Pearce, but Richards got back to the football and would briefly captain the Eastlands side in Richard Dunne's absence in the next campaign.

A knee injury brought a premature end to that 2007-08 season, but Richards would return to action in time for the start of the next season and would feature regularly in both that and the following campaigns.

However, the final part of last season saw Richards featuring more from the bench under new manager Roberto Mancini, and the arrival of Jerome Boateng has raised questions over the Englishman's future involvement at the club.

City have been quick to play down talk of the youngster's exit, but that hasn't stopped Hodgson and Redknapp being linked with a £15 million move.

The Merseyside outfit are thought to be the favourites, but player sales would be needed to fund any possible deal involving the former England U21 international.

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