Former PL star claims Richarlison can’t moan if gets injured from showboating

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Former Liverpool star Jose Enrique has said that if Richarlison showboats again in the future, he cannot have any complaints if he picks up an injury as a result of being tackled hard.

Richarlison decided to do some keepy-uppies during the closing stages of Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Sunday, with the Brazilian subsequently being clattered by Brennan Johnson.

Forest boss Steve Copper said after the game that the forward’s antics were not acceptable (Guardian) but Antonio Conte played it down, insisting that the Brazilian did not mean any disrespect towards his opponents (Football.London).

Two days on from the incident, Richarlison’s showboating continues to attract the ire of a lot of pundits, with former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann even suggesting that the Spurs star should have been booked.

Another former Reds star, Enrique has now agreed with Hamann’s assessment and even added that the 25-year-old would only have himself to blame if he picks up an injury.

Enrique told BoyleSports Football: “Richarlison should have been booked for his showboating – but it’s his fault if he gets injured from doing it. I don’t agree with Carragher saying it was disgraceful, but I’ve never been a player who’s done that. I don’t like it.

“One day he could get injured as the opponent will not respond well to it. People are going to think he’s taking the p***. It’s not something I like and players shouldn’t do that.

“It’s a bit like players who go down easily and stay on the floor, I think Neymar does this the most and Richarlison does it too. The referees should give yellows for something like this, but the problem with Richarlison is that it’s all the time.”

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Richarlison did what he did to incite the opposition and he deservedly got clattered and was thus able to run the clock down even more, which was presumably his intention in the first place. I fail to understand why this incident is generating more outrage than even potential leg-breaking tackles.

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