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Everton: Kevin Phillips reacts as Richarlison passed fit for the derby

Everton: Kevin Phillips reacts as Richarlison passed fit for the derby - Everton News

Kevin Phillips has been hailing the fact that Richarlison has been declared fit to play for Everton in the Merseyside derby.

The 23-year old scored and played the full 90 minutes for Brazil on Wednesday in a 4-2 victory over Peru in a 2022 World Cup qualifier.

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This means that Richarlison should be given the all clear to play against Liverpool, as Phillips hailed the news:

“It is huge to have him back for the Merseyside derby, he is one of their big players,” the former Aston Villa and Sunderland player told Football Insider.

“It is always a worry when you go away on international duty after an injury. As a manager you are sitting at home with everything crossed, hoping they do not come back injured.

“It will be a big boost to have him back fully fit for what is arguably one of the biggest games of the season.

“As a player, the position Everton are in, unless you are really badly injured you will get through the game. You would do whatever you can to play and Richarlison is the type of player who would do that.”

Richarlison’s good start to the season

Indeed, Richarlison has had a good start to the 2020/21 term, scoring four goals and making a further two assists in just six games so far in all competitions, according to Transfermarkt.

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The Brazil international has also won a quite staggering 11.3 duels per game in the Premier League so far, and has also averaged four successful dribbles, 2.8 tackles and 2.3 shots per match (via Sofascore).

Richarlison is key to Everton’s success

Indeed, having played in six games so far in this season, Richarlison has been a key part of the early success of Everton.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team have won four out of four matches in the top flight and sit top of England’s highest division on 12 points, and are also in the Carabao Cup quarter-final, where they will play Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United at Goodison Park for a place in the semis.

The striker will surely have to have another good game for the Toffees though against the champions if they are to keep their perfect record in the league going. Even ignoring his goals, his pressing and rather ridiculous 11 duels won per game will heap pressure on a Liverpool backline still reeling from their meltdown at Villa Park.

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