Everton forward Richarlison has revealed his red card challenge on Liverpool midfielder Thiago has led to a frosty atmosphere between the two players.
Richarlison was given a straight red card for a challenge on the Spaniard during the 2-2 draw in October. He consequently missed three games, the Toffees losing each of them as their strong start crashed to a halt. Thiago endured a much longer spell on the sidelines as result of the tackle though, missing over two months of action.
Now almost six months on from the heated contest, the Brazilian has suggested Thiago holds a grudge over the incident.
Speaking to journalist Thiago Asmar (cited on Sports Witness), he claims his attempts to make amends in the immediate aftermath were ignored.
“The last game I made that challenge on Thiago and got sent off. My goodness,” he said.
“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.”
The pair went head-to-head again in January in the second Merseyside derby of the campaign. However, the relationship had not improved by then either.
“Then there was the derby now, at their home,” Richarlison added. “He didn’t look at my face, I didn’t look at him, either. The game goes on. He ignored the pigeon.”
Regardless, Richarlison left Anfield with a smile on his face. He scored the opener to set Everton on their way to a 2-0 win, their first at the home of their neighbours since 1999.
No issues with van Dijk
Richarlison has also played down any long-lasting tensions with Virgil van Dijk.
The former Watford man was involved in a confrontation with the defender in 2018/19. He also rejected claims van Dijk is the world’s best defender in June last year.
But Richarlison believes any disputes were left on the field, putting it down to the rivalry involved in a derby fixture.
“What fight? It was at the time of the game that we argued,” he said when asked about how things are between them now.
“There was a little fight there, which we … here it’s a classic match. It’s the Liverpool derby. We wanted to win, they wanted it too. So we ended up in a little fight there. Just like in every game, I have with one of their players.”