Everton were once again beaten by their old foes at Anfield on Sunday, and the performance of Richarlison revealed the one mistake the Toffees made in the transfer market.
Everton went toe-to-toe with Liverpool on Sunday, outplaying the Reds for large parts of the match, especially in the first half.
Marco Silva and director of football Marcel Brands have completely changed the culture at the club, building a squad that shows up to play football, not just to try and scrape a result.
Andre Gomes was the star of the show and Yerry Mina was an absolute beast at the back, but the performance of Richarlison should be more than a little concerning for the boss, perhaps proving they should have signed a recognised striker this summer.
The 21 year-old had an extremely difficult job playing up front on his own against the in-form Joe Gomez and colossal Virgil van Dijk, and it almost felt like the Toffees were wasting their most talented player.
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Richarlison is lethal when he is on the ball, capable of skipping past several players, drawing challenges and providing goals.
He took just one shot in the derby though, and spent most of the game isolated with at least one of Gomez or van Dijk glued to his back.
The youngster was fouled six times, showing he is more than capable of battling with the big boys, but he didn’t manage a single key pass or successful dribble.
If Silva wants to get the best out of the dynamic Brazilian, he cannot play him up front alone, especially in big games.
The Toffees should absolutely be looking to sign a natural goalscorer who can play off the likes of Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson, which could be really bad news for the out-of-form Cenk Tosun.
So, Everton fans, do you need a striker in January? Is Richarlison better on the wing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…