Roy Keane rarely misses an opportunity to aim a dig at Liverpool – and this was the case once more during the build-up to Manchester City’s crunch clash at Anfield.
This time around, before kick-off, City led the way, seven points clear of the fourth-placed Reds, with a game in hand.
Jurgen Klopp’s side recently saw their club record 68-match unbeaten home league run ended by Burnley – and Brighton sent them to a second successive defeat at Anfield in midweek.
Former City defender Richards was asked if the absence of fans due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has removed the “fear factor” from a trip to Liverpool.
“I wouldn’t say the fear factor has gone, going to Anfield is always difficult,” said Richards.
“Anfield is always my toughest game, we (City) have not won there since 2003 and the Liverpool fans were so amazing being that 12th man, and without them, I’d say it’s a disadvantage for Liverpool.
“We’ve seen, they lost against Burnley, they lost against Brighton…”
Keane then interrupted his colleague to interject: “There’s another excuse Liverpool have!”
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Manchester City blew yet another team away this week, dispatching Burnley 2-0 away from home.
Now, they face one of their biggest tests – Liverpool on Sunday.
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Cue much laughter among the panel, before Richards continued: “It’s fact, isn’t it? Going to Anfield, no matter who you are, you’ve seen the comebacks they’ve had at that place, absolutely inspirational.
“So yeah, if there’s a time that Manchester City can win, this has to be the time.
“Fabinho and Henderson – two world class midfielders. They’re not world class centre-backs. So they’ve got to approach this game with confidence, positivity and really think they can get something from this.”