Everton star Richarlison has provided an interesting insight into his current mindset when it comes to Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara, on the back of his dismissal in the Merseyside Derby early in the campaign.
The opening season showdown between the red and blue halves of Liverpool of course took place back in October.
And the clash, which played out at Goodison Park, went on to have a major bearing on the Premier League title race.
A thrilling affair, in the end, played out into a 2-2 draw, after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s strike 10 minutes from time secured a share of the spoils for Everton.
It was not the eventual result, however, which went on to catch the headlines in the game’s aftermath.
Instead, this came in the form of damaging injuries picked up by a pair of Liverpool’s stars.
The first saw Virgil van Dijk ruled out for the remainder of the campaign – essentially killing off any hopes of a title repeat on the part of Jurgen Klopp’s champions – on the back of a horror challenge from Everton shot-stopper Jordan Pickford.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT )Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool collides with Everton’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 17, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
‘I didn’t look at him…’
The derby day casualties, however, did not end there.
As the matchup rolled into injury-time, Richarlison was responsible for a 2nd dangerous tackle, which resulted in the Brazilian being sent for an early bath.
Thiago, the man on the receiving end of Richarlison’s lunge, was subsequently ruled out for over two months, another damaging blow amid a campaign to forget for Liverpool to date.
And, as outlined above, an insight into the current standing between the two players involved, this week, has been forthcoming.
The info comes courtesy of none another than Richarlison himself, who, during a live Youtube discussion with journalist Thiago Asmar, Julio César, David Neres and David Luiz, was drawn on his response to the Thiago incident.
The Toffees standout explained that he in fact reached out to the Liverpool star via social media, only to see his efforts ignored.
In turn, Richarlison went on to delete his message, with the tension between the pair, as a result, having evidently still been very much present during last month’s latest Merseyside derby:
“The last game I made that challenge on Thiago and got sent off. My goodness. 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.”
Credit to Sport Witness for the translation.