"People talk a lot about him, yes, he is a great defender, but I've already dribbled past him," Richarlison said 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 pressed on who is better than Van Dijk, the Brazilian named two of his compatriots and a Real Madrid star, replying: "Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Sergio Ramos".
The derby kicks off at 7pm on BBC2, then switches to BBC1 on at half-time.
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1 Posted 19/06/2020 at 13:14:43
Dean now “qualifiesâ€ as he lives in North Wales but surely a less contentious choice was available. He's poor under pressure and issues cards like confetti.
2 Posted 19/06/2020 at 13:53:11
Richarlison, you need to step up Sunday and do the business; walk the walk, as they say.
3 Posted 19/06/2020 at 14:08:36
Liverpool try to intimidate the opposition, and I'm afraid to say it works in the main, and they are given far too much space and an undeserved respect. Without running round like whirling Dervishers, we should hopefully try to play them at their own game, and beat the bastards!
4 Posted 19/06/2020 at 14:19:19
Give them nothing.
5 Posted 19/06/2020 at 14:54:31
6 Posted 19/06/2020 at 14:58:03
7 Posted 19/06/2020 at 15:13:08
No hiding, fight for every ball and back your mates up. Then, win, lose or draw, you'll get my backing and those of most supporters. Don't give in again like in the second half in the cup game at Anfield.
9 Posted 19/06/2020 at 15:33:51
He was asked a question. then pressed on it again.
10 Posted 19/06/2020 at 16:00:43
I'm led to believe the Referee appointments under Covid-19 will be â€˜localized' within reason to prevent excessive travel for officials.
11 Posted 19/06/2020 at 16:05:40
12 Posted 19/06/2020 at 16:18:34
13 Posted 19/06/2020 at 17:43:39
Don't upset them, or don't be scared to upset them, I know which one I prefer.
14 Posted 19/06/2020 at 18:05:57
15 Posted 19/06/2020 at 21:13:47
16 Posted 19/06/2020 at 21:58:34
I haven't seen it yet.
Richarlison has appeared on a number of different Brazilian channels during the suspension of the Premier League in video calls from his UK home. He always, always, always comes across as very humble, very grateful, yet with burning ambition to succeed.
Brazilian TV has also reported how he supports low-income families with food parcels every week with so many out of work and not earning.
He is tremendously liked and respected in his homeland, not least because he is 'one of them' from extremely humble background and continually puts his hand in his pocket to help worthy causes.
He told the story of the sacrifices his family made to scrape together the money for a one-way bus ticket to Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minais Gerais, for the then 15-year-old Richarlison to attend a trial for his first professional club, America Mineiro. His father earned pennies selling homemade popsicles on the street.
That was just eight short years ago.
He has come a long way and his life has been totally transformed in a short space of time.
He is an absolute credit to himself, his family, his community, and yes, his football club.
17 Posted 19/06/2020 at 22:01:05
18 Posted 19/06/2020 at 22:03:37
Don't be fooled by the media propaganda.
19 Posted 19/06/2020 at 22:03:40
20 Posted 19/06/2020 at 22:45:34
When Howard Kendall first arrived at Goodison as Manager he said that he wanted to see Everton back at the summit, he had no right to expect that given the doldrums we were in at the time and the superiority of the neighbours compared to our club, when he arrived, but he managed to fulfil his ambition.
I don't want loudmouths spouting off about all and sundry without providing evidence out on the park where it matters, but I also don't want our staff and players to have so much respect for our opponents that they believe it's ok just to take part in big games and not to worry about getting beat.
Richarlison so far has provided enough to suggest that he can be a very good player for Everton, therefore he is entitled to an opinion, shrinking violets are no use to Everton as they are unlikely to achieve anything at Goodison.
21 Posted 20/06/2020 at 00:12:25
And if they come looking for him, then the rest of our team better back Richie up.
I would LOVE to see VVD get injured in this game.
22 Posted 20/06/2020 at 06:20:29
A win would be a good start.
23 Posted 20/06/2020 at 07:14:39
Yes, it's about what Richarlison does on the pitch but it's also about attitude off it. For far, far too long we've granted them psychological rights. This little raid by our boy shows the way to go.
24 Posted 20/06/2020 at 10:17:00
Hearing the news from Brazil this morning, it seems there is no let-up in Brazil from this scourge of a virus.
How is your wife and her fellow nursing staff coping with this never-ending nightmare for all of you in Brazil?
As always, Jay, thinking of you and your family at this terrible time, fervently hope things improve as quickly as possible. Very best wishes.
25 Posted 20/06/2020 at 11:14:14
Remember the Brian Rix farces of the 1960s and 70s? I and 210 million Brazilians are living through one.
Only it's not funny. It's lethal. If you scripted a Brian Rix-like farce based on the actual events of Brazil, you would be laughed at and escorted from the premises for producing such an implausible storyline.
Denial. Corruption. Incompetence. Indifference. Deceit. Conceit.
It's not that long ago the world was horrified at the death rates in the likes of Italy, Spain and France. Two weeks ago, Brazil lagged behind all of them.
So rapidly has the mortality rate climbed that Brazil is now 2nd only to USA. I will be amazed if, by the end of all this, that Brazil doesn't take the top spot from Trumpland.
In those short two weeks, Brazil already has 20k more deaths than both Spain and France, 15k more deaths than Italy.
Just last weekend, the UK was ahead of Brazil. One week later, Brazil has 7k more deaths than the UK.
On a personal level, I've taken to calling my wife Kryptonite, the only known element that can defeat Superman.
She is only one of 3 people in her hospital sector of 28 that hasn't got Covid-19. And that includes having a husband who caught it.
Yep! Just over 2 weeks ago, in spite of strict self-isolation for 7 weeks now, I got the bastard.
I've long been saying my experience and reality here in Brazil differs from TWers in other parts of the world.
When my Covid-19 test returned positive, I asked friends and family around the globe how many people they knew had caught it, or worse, died from it.
I was amazed that many personally knew none, or just 1-2. None of them knew anyone who died from it. No wonder so many question the need for lockdown.
Me and the missus? We did a wee exercise last week, loosely based on a metric many know, LinkedIn.
Now LinkedIn has 3 tiers of contact. The 1st tier is people you personally know. Who you are on 1st name terms with. Who you work, study or socialise with.
The 2nd tier are people you don't necessarily know personally, but your 1st tier people do. The 3rd tier could be pretty much everyone else.
The wife and I gave up the exercise after just 5 minutes as it was too depressing. Without completing all our 1st tier contacts, we got to 30+ confirmed cases and 8 deaths.
There are not words, nor any limit, to the utter contempt I hold for Jair Messias Bolsonaro and his government.
26 Posted 20/06/2020 at 11:37:34
Good luck and keep safe, mate.
27 Posted 20/06/2020 at 11:47:18
28 Posted 20/06/2020 at 12:58:27
As for your wife, well, permit me to say you are married to a very good woman. I am sure you are very proud of her.
Last but not least â€“ Richarlison: he obviously hasn't forgotten where he came from. Good lad, we need people like him.
29 Posted 20/06/2020 at 13:06:19
Throw into the mix that in some states they are two months behind in paying their health care workers.
Brazil is totally, totally screwed.
30 Posted 20/06/2020 at 13:23:53
I hope you all stay safe, Jay, especially a lady I've never even spoken to, because she's got the heart of a lion and is doing such great things right now in amongst all the misery. So I'm going to put that Aretha Franklyn anthem on my iPad right now, and say a little prayer for your wife, mate. ðŸ™
31 Posted 20/06/2020 at 13:30:19
Regarding people I know who have contracted the virus, I am only aware of one mate who got it. He was really ill for over a week, said he lost nearly two stone in weight, and was really petrified of the possible consequences. Thankfully he's over it now.
32 Posted 20/06/2020 at 13:31:48
So on to tomorrow's game. I'm one of those who don't mind our players talking up their own game and talking down the opposition. It hopefully means that, having been so brave in words, they'll have to be brave in deeds.
33 Posted 20/06/2020 at 13:37:10
Card-carrying kopite and life-long wanker. Would always try to ingratiate himself with travelling Evertonians in London, always playing the all-scousers-together card, but his mask always slipped. He couldn't resist reverting to smug Gobshite mode.
I knew him as a kid, he thought he was Ian Callaghan... played more like Jim Callaghan.
34 Posted 20/06/2020 at 13:43:24
And again, highest respects to your wife, who is one of the unsung heroes in this world. I hope some Brazilians adopt the nightly appreciation ritual we saw at the height of the crisis in New York, where people opened their windows every evening at 7pm and applauded and cheered the frontline healthcare workers who were staring the pandemic in the eye.
35 Posted 20/06/2020 at 13:48:40
Belem, Para, Rob. At the mouth of the mighty Amazon river. 10 billion liters of fresh water flows past Belem city, not every day, not every hour but EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY. That's 1.5 liters of fresh water for every individual on the planet. Every minute.
Belem sits 150 km from the coast. We have a 4 metre high and low tide every day in the city centre and such is the volume of water from the Amazon it actually holds back the Atlantic Ocean. No mixing of the saline sea water until off the coastline.
I mention that because this is an example of the incompetence, corruption and lack of investment in infrastructure and basic services everywhere in Brazil.
What is key in combatting Covid-19? Simple hand-washing and basic sanitation. In Belem, a city 400 years old with 4 million inhabitants, 55% of houses do not have potable piped water. Including my own. We use a water filter system. A miserly 6.3% are linked to sewerage. Only 8% of the city's sewerage is treated and recycled. Where do you think the other 92% is going?
We are now into day 3 of a frequent occurence here, in a city where 10 billion liters of fresh water flows to the sea every minute of every day: we haven't had a drop of water from the taps for more than 48 hours.
It is for this reason every household, in the bathroom, the service area, have 100 liter barrels always filled with water as an emergency fallback in the event of the inevitable, going days on end without piped water.
No Ofwat equivalent here in Brazil. The water bills always arrive, with no adjustment for the frequent water interruptions.
36 Posted 20/06/2020 at 14:04:48
Seriously; I said weeks ago that this girl had more courage than me. I knew it was true then and I still do. I also noticed it's the only thing I've ever posted that didn't start an argument.
If anything good has come from this curse, it's that people around the world have had a clear demonstration as to who the real superstars are... It would be nice to think we have been shaken from our apathy too and our minds will be a little more focused when it comes to deciding who we allow to run our countries.
The mismanagement of this pandemic has defied belief.
37 Posted 20/06/2020 at 14:20:04
38 Posted 20/06/2020 at 14:29:56
39 Posted 20/06/2020 at 14:32:05
40 Posted 20/06/2020 at 14:53:39
Good luck and best wishes, Jay, to you, your angel wife and her parents.
41 Posted 20/06/2020 at 15:05:20
I've got 2 mates who had the non-hospitalised version, both flattened for two weeks. I had something like it for three days and rested it off for a week afterwards. Didn't half frighten me, I left the drink alone for the following two weeks. Made up for it since, mind!
Best wishes to you and Mrs Woods.
42 Posted 20/06/2020 at 15:21:17
43 Posted 20/06/2020 at 15:28:14
44 Posted 21/06/2020 at 10:16:35
45 Posted 21/06/2020 at 11:00:59
And maybe too he has noted that, in recent games, sides that have set up to press the Liverpool back four (and Van Dijk in particular, notably Watford and Atletico Madrid) have shown him to be far from the cool, calm, faultless centre-back the media have drooled about.
A very good centre-back? Yes. The world's best? No.
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