Tottenham Hotspur attacker Richarlison has criticised Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher, reigniting the ongoing feud between the Brazilian and the former Liverpool defender.
The pair have never quite seen eye to eye, perhaps due to their allegiances to the blue and red halves of Merseyside during their playing careers.
Richarlison, of course, played 152 games for Everton (Transfermarkt) before moving to Tottenham in the summer. Carragher, meanwhile, was a one-club man, turning out 737 times for Liverpool (Transfermarkt) before retiring in 2013.
It all began last season, when Richarlison helped Everton to a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace which saw the Toffees cling on to their top-flight status. At the time, Carragher was critical of Richarlison’s perceived propensity for going down too easily.
Richarlison responded on Twitter, telling Carragher ‘wash your mouth before you talk about me and Everton and I don’t respect you.’ Luckily, Carragher saw the funny side of this and even admitted he would do the same to pundits during his playing days.
The feud picked up again earlier this season when Carragher commented on Richarlison’s antics in the Premier League game against Nottingham Forest (Sky Sports – broadcast on 28/8; 18:03).
His showboating – Richarlison did some keepy-uppies while Spurs were leading 2-0 – led to many negative reactions.
Forest boss Steve Cooper described the incident as ‘not acceptable’ (The Guardian), while Spurs boss Antonio Conte played down the situation (Football.London). Richarlison and Carragher were seen embracing after the game though, and all seemed well (Sky Sports).
After Richarlison was the recipient of a dangerous tackle from Oriel Mangala on Wednesday night against Forest in the Carabao Cup, the 25-year-old took to Instagram (via Liverpool Echo) to say that Carragher’s “silence is deafening.”
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Honestly, I’m not entirely sure where Richarlison is coming from with this one. Perhaps he expects Jamie Carragher to reassess his opinion on Richarlison and his perceived diving, but more likely is the fact that he just loves getting under Carragher’s skin and wants a reaction. Either way, it’s good entertainment value.
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