Richarlison writes apology letter to Liverpool midfielder Thiago after red card

Everton star Richarlison has penned an apology letter to Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara after he was sent off for a horror challenge on the Spain midfielder.

Richarlison's studs-up tackle on Thiago came late on in the Merseyside derby, which ended 2-2, and the Brazilian has apologised for the incident.

Writing on his website, Richarlison said: "Everyone who knows my background knows that I was never a violent player.

"What happened today was a casualty 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.

"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.

"Richarlison".

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was not happy with the challenge admitted it "doesn't look good" for Thiago.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Klopp said: "It's not only a red card for Richarlison but a massive foul on Thiago. It doesn't look good and we don't know what he has."

Then, in his post-match press conference, Klopp added: "When I left the pitch, Thiago told me in the red card situation with Richarlison he thinks he got injured.

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"We will see if it’s true or not, but if he felt like this then we need to have a look."

Defender Virgil van Dijk was also injured during the game after a challenge from Jordan Pickford and Klopp also offered an update on the Dutchman.

"I don’t know [how serious it is], I don’t know, but it is not good," he said. "Virgil played for us I don’t know how many games in a row. He plays with pain, he plays with pretty much everything, but he couldn’t play on. That’s not good."

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