Everton striker Richarlison has apologised for his rash tackle on Thiago which left the Liverpool midfielder with a nasty-looking injury.
Liverpool sent Spaniard Thiago for a scan on his knee after the challenge, which earned Richarlison a red card.
The Brazilian forward lunged in late during Saturday’s controversial Merseyside derby, which ended 2-2 after late drama.
Writing after the game, though, Richarlison has explained how he never meant to do Thiago harm. However he did explain how the contact he made was “inevitable”.
“Everyone that knows my background knows that I was never a violent player,” the 23-year-old wrote (via the Daily Mirror).
“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.”
Richarlison added: “I already sent a message to him apologizing and I also do it here publicly. I hope he hasnt 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.”
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Van Dijk another big Liverpool concern
However Thiago’s injury was not the only concerning moment for Liverpool in Saturday’s draw.
Virgil van Dijk was also sent for a scan after a dangerous tackle from Jordan Pickford. The England stopper lunged in on the centre-back but avoided any inquest from the referee.
Indeed early reports suggest that Van Dijk could have injured his anterior cruciate ligament. That could see him miss the rest of the season.
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