Richarlison: Everton forward claims there are 3 'better' centre-backs than Van Dijk

Richarlison: Everton forward claims there are 3 'better' centre-backs than Van Dijk

- Richarlison has started his mind games ahead of the Liverpool showdown

- The Everton star says there are at least three better defenders than Van Dijk

- Another edition of the Merseyside Derby will go down on Sunday, June 21

Richarlison appears to have started his mind games ahead Everton’s Premier League clash against Liverpool, with the Brazilian claiming that three other defenders are better than Virgil van Dijk.

The league leaders are billed to visit Everton for another edition of the Merseyside Derby and Richarlison has attempted to ruffle the Liverpool defender.

Jurgen Klopp and his wards resume their quest to clinching the title when they face Everton at the Goodison Park as they need just two more wins to clinch their 19th title.

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Liverpool fans had hoped they could secure the title after 30 years at home to Crystal palace, but the plans were scuppered by Manchester City who beat Arsenal on Wednesday night.

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Richarlison is said to be planning a further setback for the potential champions by saying he once dribbled past the defender and that there are other better defenders he can think of.

Richarlison: Everton forward claims there are 3 'better' centre-backs than Van Dijk

Richarlison takes on Van Dijk. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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"People talk a lot about him, yes he is a great defender but I’ve already dribbled past him," the Everton star said to 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."

Asked to name those who he thinks are better than the Liverpool colossus, Richarlison said: "Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Sergio Ramos."

Meanwhile, Liverpool stars have sent strong warning to Premier League clubs ahead season resumption as they walloped Blackburn Rovers 6-0 in a friendly played behind closed-doors on Thursday, June 11.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Arsenal play-maker Mesut Ozil took to social media on Thursday, June 18, to make his feelings known after being left out of the matchday squad against Manchester City a day earlier.

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Despite being fully fit, the German international seemed to not be in Mikel Arteta’s plans for the day as the Gunners succumbed to a lowly 3-0 defeat at the Etihad.

Fans were left to speculate why Ozil, who is the club’s highest earner on a £350,000 per week deal, would be left out of such a crucial game on the return of Premier League football.

However, Ozil was in assuring mood on Thursday as he went on Instagram to pledge his loyalty to Arsenal, amid speculation over his future. While sharing a photo holding the Arsenal badge, Ozil wrote, “No matter what.”

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