Richarlison lifts lid on Thiago's reaction to horror tackle and personal rivalry

Everton striker Richarlison has opened up on the reaction he received from Liverpool star Thiago in response to his horror challenge during the Merseyside derby earlier this season.

Toffees ace Richarlison saw red in the final minutes of the dramatic 2-2 draw with their bitter rivals back in October.

The Brazil international lunged in two footed on Thiago, leaving him sidelined for around two and a half months.

And Richarlison says that having gone on social media to apologise, he heard nothing back from Thiago, and the pair enjoyed a frosty meeting during the more recent derby.

“The last game I made that challenge on Thiago and got sent off. My goodness,” he said in a YouTube live stream.

Everton star Richarlison has opened up on his rivalry with Thiago

“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 was sent off for this challenge on Thiago

Richarlison was also asked about a potential fight he had with Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk last season.

But he played it down, insisting that there will always be rivalry between the two Merseyside clubs.

“What fight? It was at the time of the game that we argued,” Richarlison responded when asked about the drama.

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“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.”

Richarlison has not travelled away on international duty during the current break as Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Argentina was postponed.


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