“He’s almost suspended!” Mikhail Antonio and Callum Wilson remain in STITCHES over Richarlison’s bad luck after Spurs star took his shirt off following an equalizer at Anfield… only for Liverpool to win the game in their THIRD celebration blunder of the season
Mikhail Antonio and Callum Wilson could barely contain their laughter as they discussed Richarlison’s over-the-top shirtless celebration after they believed he had scored the equalizer for Tottenham at Anfield – shortly before a goal from Diogo Jota saw the home side waltz away with victory .
Tottenham managed to fight back impressively after trailing 3-0 to Liverpool en route, but not even the Brazilian’s late strike failed to secure any of the points for the visitors.
Remarkably, Spurs’ £60 million summer goal was his first in the Premier League, having previously been ruled out twice for offside against Fulham in September and Nottingham Forest in March.
Discuss Sunday’s incident at The footballer’s soccer podcastthe West Ham and Newcastle forwards couldn’t resist gently teasing the exploits of their counterparts.
However, Antonio tipped his hat to the Brazil international’s confidence, saying he ‘appreciated’ his commitment to a lavish goal celebration.
Richarlison ripped off his jersey after scoring late at Anfield and was booked
The celebration – topped off by Richarlison silencing the crowd and his signature ‘pigeon dance’ – was short-lived, as Diogo Jota scored for the Reds 99 seconds later.
“He’s scored four times this season,” Antonio said. “Three of the times he has been sidelined (and) he has taken his top off four times this season.
“He’s got four yellow cards – he’s almost suspended,” Wilson added, before the two burst into giggles.
But neither Antonio nor Wilson are perfect with their assessment of Richarlison’s form.
Although he has previously been booked for taking off his shirt after a disallowed goal, it only happened once, in the 2-1 home win against Fulham early in the season.
Ryan Sessegnon was offside leading up to Richarlison’s goal in extra time.
His disallowed goal against Forest caused the striker to silence the crowd during a celebration, a move that was met with massive derision after the intervention of VAR.
Neither of his two goals against Marseille in the Champions League saw the player remove his jersey, and the player’s third yellow card this season came from an altercation with the referee when Spurs faced West Ham at the end of August.
‘I need to know,’ continued Antonio, still cheerful. ‘Even his last goal was so close to offside. This man, I swear to you, I judge him. Because he doesn’t care. He doesn’t care at all.
“Those moments there I understand when you take your shirt off,” the Jamaica international continued, referring to the dying breath of Richarlison’s goal.
‘I totally get it. those moments there you have to take it off, you have to run around.’
But if Antonio had the 25-year-old’s luck, he admitted that he ‘must see – must know if I’m onside before I go crazy’.
The £60m man was buoyant after scoring against Fulham in September – but only briefly
The West Ham striker has scored two goals off the scoresheet this season, with strikes against Nottingham Forest and Southampton reversed by VAR.
Wilson had one ruled out for offside against Southampton on Sunday but was able to console himself with a quick brace scoring in an impressive second-half cameo as his stellar form for the Magpies continues.
Tottenham continue to desperately need a win as they look to shape up for the final and assured European competition next season.
They are currently sixth in the Premier League, but seventh-placed Aston Villa are tied with the side on points and Brighton are just two points adrift, but with three games remaining, of the north London team.