You know what pretty much never happens? A player—especially one that’s any good—making the switch from Everton to Liverpool. You know what’s always fun to have a laugh about? The thought of a player—especially one that’s any good—making the switch.
So let’s get to it with a fresh report today out of Brazil that Everton forward Richarlison could be the first player since Abel Xavier back in 2002 to head to Anfield from Goodison. It’s not going to happen on account of the Everton to Liverpool thing. But still. Fun.
Richarlison is still just 21 years of age and has 12 goals and two assists so far this term, his second in England and first for a Blues side that has, outside perhaps of the man being linked with a Liverpool move today, rather struggled to live up to expectations this season.
According to UOL at least—and it’s worth noting they were the go-to source for Alisson news last year—he’s already grown frustrated by what he sees as a lack of ambition on the blue half of Merseyside after he was convinced to join Marco Silva’s project from Watford.
However, it appears he does like playing in Liverpool, as UOL further claim that despite interest from Barcelona, PSG, and Milan—with a £50M bid said to have already been made—Richarlison wants to stay in England and his agent has held discussions with Jürgen Klopp.
Everton, meanwhile, are said to be holding out for a fee closer to £70M—though whether they would have any willingness to sell Richarlison to Liverpool at any fee isn’t touched on. For our part, realistically, we would tend to think that they wouldn’t be willing to do so.
Still, Richarlison is a top young talent, one who fits the template of the type of forward many believe Liverpool will and must target over the summer. So if he does want to stay in Liverpool while switching to a club with more ambition, we wouldn’t complain about it.