Everton forward Richarlison claims Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara ignored his apology for his wild red-card tackle in the fiery Merseyside derby clash at Goodison Park that left the midfielder injured for more than two months.
- Richarlison was sent off for a 90-minute lunge on Thiago Alcantara
- The Everton forward publicly apologized to Thiago after the game in October
- But the Toffees star has since revealed that Thiago didn’t acknowledge his message
Richarlison has claimed that Thiago Alcantara ignored his apologies for the horrific tackle that left the Spanish midfielder sidelined for more than two months.
The Everton forward was sent to Thiago for the wild lunge in the 90th minute and while the midfielder closed the game on October 17, he didn’t play again until December 30.
Richarlison publicly apologized to the Liverpool man, but has since revealed it fell on deaf ears, adding that Thiago ignored him in the reverse match at Anfield in February that saw Everton win 2-0 and the Brazilian scoring first.
Richarlison says Thiago Alcantara ignored apologies for his Merseyside derby horror gear
The Everton attacker received the red card from referee Michael Oliver late in the game
‘I took that challenge on Thiago and was sent away. Good heavens, ”Richarlison said in a voice YouTube interview with Brazilian journalist Thiago Asmar,
‘Then I went on Instagram to apologize and all that. He only saw it. I said “I’m going to delete this post as well, as he doesn’t want to reply”.
‘Then I went there and deleted it. He didn’t answer, no.
‘Then now there was the derby, at their house, he didn’t look at my face, I didn’t look at him either. The game continues. He ignored the pigeon (Richarlison’s nickname in Brazil). ‘
At the time, Richarlison said of the incident: “Anyone who knows my background knows that I have never been a violent player.
The 23-year-old then publicly apologized to Thiago and his teammates on his website
Richarlison scored against Liverpool when Everton beat their rivals at Anfield in February
What happened today was a fatal accident due to sheer over-dedication. I did not enter that dispute with the intention of hurting Thiago. Seeing the crash would happen, I picked up my foot and hit it with my knee in the pass, which was inevitable due to the speed of the game.
‘I’ve already sent him a message apologizing and I’m doing that in public here too. I hope he was not injured and that everything is fine. ‘
That heated Merseyside derby clash was only Thiago’s second appearance for Liverpool after his summer move from Champions League holder Bayern Munich and his first start for the Reds.
“It was great,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said of his showing that day. But at least he got a decent blow in the red card situation with Richarlison. We have to see, we have to judge – he was not happy. ‘
Thiago was eliminated more than two months after Everton’s game – his next game was on December 30
Virgil Can Dijk was also injured by a nasty Jordan Pickford tackle in that same derby clash
The game finished 2-2, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring an 81st minute equalizer for the Toffees before Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson ruled out a stoppage time goal through the narrowest offside after a VAR assessment.
That match will also be remembered for Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford who left Virgil van Dijk behind after a wild challenge in the early exchanges of the Goodison Park encounter.
The anterior cruciate ligament injury almost curtailed Van Dijk’s season and his hopes of being fit for the Euro 2020, where he would have been captain.