Everton striker Richarlison publicly apologized for a hard hit on Liverpool’s Thiag Alcántar at the end of Saturday’s Premier League derby, which ended in a 2: 2 draw. The Spanish midfielder finished the match after a foul for which Richarlison was disqualified, but suffered an unspecified injury.
“Everyone who knows me knows I’m not a violent player,” 23-year-old Brazilian Richarlison said in a statement. “I’ve already sent him a message to apologize to him, and I’m still doing it publicly. I hope he’s not hurt and everything’s fine.” added last year’s winner Copy América.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk apparently fared much worse than Alcántara, who had to resign after the intervention of Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. The English national team goalkeeper escaped for his hard raid on Van Dijk without penalty, the Dutch tracker may have a break of several months.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said after the match that his teammate Pickford regretted the operation. “Everyone’s asking us about it, so I think it was on the red card. It wasn’t a nice intervention. To be fair to Jordan, he came to me after the match, apologized, and told me to tell Virgil,” said Henderson.