Richarlison, Pickford apologise to Liverpool duo after heavy tackles


Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton v Liverpool - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - October 17, 2020 Everton's Richarlison during the warm up before the match Pool via REUTERS/Laurence Griffiths

(Reuters) - Everton forward Richarlison has issued an apology to Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara for his dangerous challenge on the midfielder towards the end of Saturday's 2-2 draw in the Premier League.

Thiago eventually got up from Richarlison's red-card tackle and created the opening for a late disallowed goal by Jordan Henderson but later reported an injury.

"Everyone who knows my background knows that I was never a violent player," Richarlison said in a statement https://www.richarlison.com.br/news-and-events/news/richarlison-se-desculpa-com-thiago-alcntara-e-com-companheiros-aps-expulso-no-derby, blaming his heavy lunge on "sheer over-dedication".

"I did not enter that dispute with the intention of hurting Thiago... I already sent a message to him apologising and I also do it here publicly. I hope he hasn't been hurt and that everything is fine."

Liverpool's Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk was taken off with an injury early in the game following a wild tackle from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said Van Dijk was "not good" and described Pickford's actions as "not a challenge the keeper can do."

Henderson said the England goalkeeper, who went unpunished after the incident, was sorry for his actions.

"Everyone keeps asking us about it so I'm guessing it's a red card. It mustn't be a good challenge," Henderson told BT Sport. "To be fair, Jordan came up and apologised to me after the game and (told me) to tell Virgil."

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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