The Merseyside derby in October was a huge turning point for Liverpool FC’s season - the one fixture we can point to where things definitively took a turn into “this is fine” houseburning meme territory.
Besides Virgil van Dijk’s season-ending injury from a botch Jordan Pickford capoeira move, Richarlison also managed to inflict another x-rated two-footed challenge onto Thiago Alcantara in the dying minutes of the game. The latter somehow managed to play the remaining few minutes left without coming out of the game, but would be sidelined for almost two and a half months after. And yet somehow... Richarlison is the one who’s publicly peeved! Yes, you’re not reading anything wrong. Speaking on a live Youtube discussion with journalist Thiago Asmar, Julio César, David Neres and David Luiz, the Everton player was spoke on the aftermath of the Thiago incident:
The last game I made that challenge on Thiago and got sent off. My goodness. Then I went on Instagram to apologise and such. He only saw it. I said ‘I’m going to delete this message too, since he doesn’t want to reply’. Then I went there and deleted it. He didn’t answer, no. Then there was the derby now, at their home, he didn’t look at my face, I didn’t look at him, either. The game goes on. He ignored the pigeon.
I mean... it seems like a perfectly natural reaction to me. It seems like Richarlison really really wanted an acknowledgement of his apology - but that’s not how apologies work. The victim doesn’t have to accept your apology just because.