Richarlison has tried to ruffle Virgil van Dijk forward of Liverpool’s Premier League go to to Everton on Sunday – by telling him there are three higher defenders in world soccer.
Van Dijk and his Liverpool teammates resume their title quest in Sunday’s Goodison Park derby, needing simply two extra wins this season to safe a 19th top-flight crown.
Reds followers had been hoping their workforce might finish their 30-year title drought on the residence of neighbours Everton, however Manchester City scuppered that plan by beating Arsenal on Wednesday night time.
Everton ahead Richarlison is planning an additional setback for Jurgen Klopp’s facet on Sunday night, and has began the thoughts video games with Van Dijk by reminding him he is one of many few gamers to have dribbled previous the Liverpool colossus.
Van Dijk has performed an important position within the Reds changing into world and European membership champions – and has been shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or within the course of.
But Richarlison has tried to take him down a peg or two by saying he can consider no less than three centre-halves who he charges extra extremely.
“People talk a lot about him, yes he is a great defender but I’ve already dribbled past him,” Richarlison mentioned of Van Dijk in an interview with Desimpedidos .
“He was chosen as one of the top three in the world as he had an excellent season. But yes, for me there are better defenders.”
When requested title who tops Van Dijk, Richarlison named Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, plus two of his compatriots who play for Paris-Saint Germain.
“Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Sergio Ramos,” Richarlison mentioned.
Meanwhile, Klopp insists he isn’t underestimating the challenged posed by Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton this Sunday.
The Liverpool supervisor mentioned: “When you analyse Everton now you have to look as well to Napoli or any other team because Carlo Ancelotti has a specific way he wants his team to play and he is long enough there now to push that through.
“So, it is going to be a football-playing facet, they may play as a lot soccer as we allow them to.
“We have to find challenges, win challenges, use gaps, find gaps and all that stuff.”
And Klopp urged his gamers to “stay greedy” going into the sport as they give the impression of being to maneuver inside one league crown of Manchester United’s file.
He added: “We have to play through, we have to be 100 per cent disciplined, we have to be full of joy, we have to stay greedy before the game, in the game [and] after the game. That’s all what we need.”
After Sunday’s go to to Everton, Liverpool’s subsequent probability to say the factors they should be champions will probably be at residence to Crystal Palace subsequent Wednesday.
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