The narrative clearly lies with Steven Gerrard taking his Villa team to the Etihad with the chance to help the Reds lift their 20th league title, should Liverpool hold up their end of the bargain against Wolves.
Even Jordan Henderson stated that “Hopefully, Stevie and Villa can do us a favour at City!”
But on Twitter, someone took it too far with ‘quotes’ that Richards has since claimed are “slander” as they are not words he uttered.
The quotes in question were claimed to be from Richards on TalkSport and said: “Steven Gerrard would like to win the league for Liverpool on Sunday, but Villa has a clause in Jack Grealish deal that could land them an extra £15 million if City wins the league, and in this business, money comes first.”
And in response to one particular Tweet of the fabricated quote, Richards said: “I’m Micah! Maybe Micha said this but that’s not me! THIS IS SLANDER!!!”
Another account apologised for helping to circulate the fake quote, words, as you saw above, that quickly received attention for their outlandish nature on Twitter.
It’s another lesson that not everything you see online is what it appears to be, disinformation is everywhere.