Everton striker Richarlison claims Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara IGNORED his apology for his wild red-card tackle in fiery Merseyside derby clash at Goodison Park that left the midfielder out injured for over two months
- Richarlison was sent off for a 90th-minute lunge on Thiago Alcantara
- The Everton forward issued a public apology to Thiago after the October match
- But the Toffees star has since revealed Thiago did not acknowledge his message
Richarlison has claimed Thiago Alcantara ignored his apology for the gruesome tackle that left the Spain midfielder sidelined for more than two months.
The Everton forward was sent off for the wild lunge in the 90th minute on Thiago and while the midfielder went on to finish the match on October 17, he didn’t play again until December 30.
Richarlison publicly apologised to the Liverpool man but has since revealed that it fell on deaf ears, adding that Thiago ignored him in the reverse fixture at Anfield in February that Everton won 2-0, with the Brazilian scoring the first.
Richarlison says Thiago Alcantara ignored his apology for his Merseyside derby horror tackle
The Everton striker was shown the red card by referee Michael Oliver late on in the game
‘I made that challenge on Thiago and got sent off. My goodness,’ Richarlison said in a YouTube interview with Brazilian journalist Thiago Asmar,
‘Then I went on Instagram to apologise and such. He only saw it. I said “I’m going to delete this message too, since he doesn’t want to reply”.
‘Then I went there and deleted it. He didn’t answer, no.
‘Then there was the derby now, at their home, he didn’t look at my face, I didn’t look at him, either. The game goes on. He ignored the pigeon (Richarlison’s nickname in Brazil).’
At the time, Richarlison said about the incident: ‘Everyone who knows my background knows that I was never a violent player.
The 23-year-old publicly apologised to Thiago and his team-mates on his website afterwards
Richarlison scored against Liverpool when Everton beat their rivals at Anfield in February
‘What happened today was a fatality from sheer over-dedication. I did not enter that dispute with the intention of hurting Thiago. When I saw that the crash was going to happen, I picked up my foot and hit him with my knee in the pass, which was inevitable due to the speed of the play.
‘I already sent a message to him apologising and I also do it here publicly. I hope he hasn’t been hurt and that everything is fine.’
That heated Merseyside derby clash was only Thiago’s second appearance for Liverpool following his summer move from Champions League holders Bayern Munich and his first start for the Reds.
‘He was top,’ Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said of his display that day. ‘But he got at least a proper knock in the red card situation with Richarlison. We have to see, we have to assess – he was not happy.’
Thiago was out for over two months from the Everton game – his next match was on Dec 30
Virgil can Dijk was also left injured by a nasty Jordan Pickford tackle in that same derby clash
The match finished 2-2, with with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring an 81st-minute equaliser for the Toffees before Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson had a stoppage time goal ruled out by the narrowest of offsides after a VAR review.
That game will also be remembered for Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford leaving Virgil van Dijk crocked after a wild challenge in the early exchanges of the encounter at Goodison Park.
The anterior cruciate ligament injury has all but curtailed Van Dijk’s season and his hopes of being fit for this summer’s Euro 2020, where he would have captained Holland.