Our View: Why Liverpool may have caused Richarlison to leave Everton in £60m deal
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Our View: Why Liverpool may have caused Richarlison to leave Everton in £60m deal

So, it’s official. Richarlison has left Everton for Tottenham after a £60m deal was agreed, with the Brazilian signing a five-year contract.

The news is sure to hurt Everton supporters, who idolised the South American forward immensely.

In our view, Liverpool – Everton’s bitter rivals – might just be responsible for Richarlison’s move to Tottenham…

What’s the story?

Well, back in January, Tottenham came extremely close to signing Luis Diaz from Porto.

However, Spurs saw their deal hijacked at the last minute by Liverpool, who wrapped up a £37m move for the Colombian, leaving Daniel Levy furious as a result.

In our view, had Tottenham managed to sign Diaz – who plays in the same position as Richarlison – then Antonio Conte probably wouldn’t have moved to pinch the Brazilian from Goodison Park.

It’s a theory which requires a few mental gymnastics, although it is certainly intriguing to speculate about what could’ve happened if Tottenham did secure Diaz’s signature during the winter.

In a roundabout way, Liverpool may have caused their bitter rivals some angst months in advance.

Everton must copy Liverpool

In our view, Everton should take note of Liverpool and their tendency to sign gems from relegated sides.

Frank Lampard has already done just that with the signing of James Tarkowski, who is set to be announced imminently according to the Daily Mail.

Liverpool found success with the likes of Andy Robertson, Gini Wijnaldum and Xherdan Shaqiri, who suffered relegation with Hull, Newcastle and Stoke respectively before shining at Anfield.

Now, players such as Maxwel Cornet – who Everton are monitoring – Emmanuel Dennis, Teemu Pukki and others should definitely be on Lampard’s radar, as there may be some bargains in store.

Keep an eye on things at Goodison Park, as we expect Everton to make a few more additions after Tarkowski is announced.

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