Richarlison has recently spoken about an altercation he had with Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk during December’s Merseyside derby, which has caught the attention of many of the Anfield faithful.
The Everton star has revealed why he clashed with the Dutch defender during his side’s 5-2 defeat against the Reds earlier this season.
Speaking to globoesporte.globo.com (relayed via @LFCTransferRoom), the Brazilian admitted his slanging match with van Dijk was part of his game plan.
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“Of course I was never going to back down,” Richarlison said. “There was a disagreement during the game, which ended up in the typical heated way. I was also having the fight to waste time, and the Liverpool players did not like it.”
A lot of fans are responding to the forward’s comments and are confused as to why he was time-wasting during a match Everton were losing. Arguably due to the altercation, Gini Wijnaldum was able to find the back of the net to rub salt into the wounds of the Toffees. His 90th minute strike put three goals between the two Merseyside clubs and the Reds claimed all three points from their bitter rivals.
One supporter has commented on the tweet saying the £46.8million-valued Everton man is ‘not worth tweeting about’, whilst others laugh off Richarlison’s attempt to resurrect a forgotten feud. A number of fans had already hit out at the 23-year-old for his comments leading up to the most recent derby.
Read more replies from the Anfield faithful here:
They lost 5-2. Why was he trying to waste time 😂😂😂
— Champ19ns* (@DPSD37) July 28, 2020
Don’t think anyone even remembers this except him. He’s not worth tweeting about so please stop
— TalkingRed BLM ⭐️19⭐️ LEAGUE CHAMPIONS (@TalkingRed23) July 28, 2020
If i ever started a fight to waste time which led to my team losing in the resulted added time, I wouldn’t be seen dead admitting it
— Liam Moore🔴 (@LiamMooreLFC) July 28, 2020
Did he mention how he felt after losing 5-2?
— Khaled Khiat (@KhaledKhiat21) July 28, 2020
— . (@_GuineaMaestro) July 28, 2020
He really likes Virgil doesn’t he
— ً (@nabydeco08) July 28, 2020
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