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Ex-Man City defender Richards scoffs at Liverpool fans' claims over transfer spending

Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards has hit out at the claims of Liverpool fans.

Richards believes claims that Liverpool have not splashed the cash in recent transfer windows is "ridiculous".

“To suggest Liverpool have built their team on a shoestring budget is every bit as ridiculous as saying City are dull," the former England international wrote for BBC Sport.

“When a team such as Leicester win the title, then you put your hands up and say it really is an incredible feat - but for starters Klopp has broken the world records for the most expensive goalkeeper ( Alisson, for £66.8m) and defender (Virgil van Dijk, for £75m).

“That's some spending power, and of course it has made a difference. This Liverpool team is outstanding too, and their rivalry with City has seen them push each other to even greater heights - this is the second time a Klopp side have ended with 90-plus points but missed out on the title.

“Quite rightly, while they were chasing a first English quadruple this season, I kept hearing how great Liverpool are - so how good must the team be that, over the course of 38 games, has finished above them this time and a total of four times in the past five years?

“Yet City never get the same recognition as Liverpool no matter what they win or how they do it, and it makes no sense to me. Hopefully Sunday finally silences that argument and proves to everyone that they are not boring - they are brilliant."

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