After getting a straight red card for a horror tackle against Thiago Alcantara, Richarlison sent a message to explain his behavior.
Richarlison’s horrible tackle against Thiago Alcantara was one of the last images we saw of an eventful Merseyside Derby. The Brazilian striker hasn’t gone through the best week both with his club and his national team. Earlier during the week, he elbowed Peru’s Miguel Trauco without receiving any type of punishment.
In hindsight, Thiago Alcantara’s problem didn’t appear serious because he played the remainder of the match. However, the midfielder did get a scan after the knee area got swollen by the end of the game.
This whole situation leaves Richarlison in a delicate moment, to the point where he had to come out to apologize in public. The striker insisted he has never been considered a violent player and explained how he apologized to Thiago.
Thiago’s injury could be just as bad as Van Dijk’s.
Liverpool’s problems are pretty serious if two of their key players are confirmed out of the rest of the season. Virgil van Dijk has a reported knee ligament injury that will keep him out for at least 8 months. Whereas Thiago’s problem might be just as bad by looking at the replay. Richarlison was properly sent-off and his apologies won’t change much.
“What happened today was a fatality from sheer over-dedication,” said Richarlison on his official website.
“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 apologizing and I also do it here publicly. I hope he hasn’t been hurt and that everything is fine.
“I also apologize to my teammates, my club and my fans for leaving them with one less at the end of the game. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do to change what happened, other than to reflect, work and move on.”