Richarlison apologises to Thiago Alcantara and his Everton team-mates after seeing red for his wild challenge on the Liverpool midfielder in the Merseyside derby
- Richarlison has apologised to Thiago for his red card horror tackle on Saturday
- The Brazilian made a crunching challenge on the Liverpool star in the 2-2 draw
- Richarlison also apologised to his team-mates after he was sent off for the tackle
- Jurgen Klopp admitted that Thiago’s injury ‘does not look good’ after the game
Richarlison has apologised after he was sent off in the Merseyside derby following his horror challenge on Liverpool midfielder Thiago.
The Toffees striker explained that he did not intend to hurt the Spaniard but came as a result of ‘over-dedication’ in Everton’s action-packed 2-2 draw with their local rivals.
The game, which also saw Virgil van Dijk leave the field early on following after horrific challenge from Jordan Pickford, saw both teams walk away with a point and Richarlison held his hands up for actions at Goodison Park.
Richarlison has apologised to Thiago (R) for his red card horror tackle in the Merseyside derby
The Everton striker was shown the red card by referee Michael Oliver late on in the game
‘Everyone who knows my background knows that I was never a violent player,’ Richarlison wrote on his website.
‘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.’
The 23-year-old also took the opportunity to publicly apologise to his team-mates hours after the game.
‘I also apologise to my team-mates, my club and my fans for leaving them with one less at the end of the game,’ he added. ‘Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do to change what happened, other than to reflect, work and move on.’
The 23-year-old publicly apologised to Thiago and his team-mates on his website afterwards
According to The Sun, both Thiago and Van Dijk were taken to hospital to have their injuries assessed following the full-blooded clash at Goodison Park.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that the Spaniard needed treatment after the incident and is also not in good shape ahead of the upcoming congested fixture list.
‘The red card from Richarlison, it’s not only a red card for Everton it’s a massive foul on Thiago as well,’ Klopp said to BT Sport.
‘Thiago has a proper knock there, he has ice now, we don’t know what he has, it looks not good, to be honest.’