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Robbo regrets his actions toward Messi in Liverpool vs Barca game

Andy Robertson signed for Liverpool in 2017, to very little fan-fair. He wasn't deemed much of a prospect, even by Liverpool fans; a back-up to Alberto Moreno. Nothing more, really.

But when given his chance, he took it with both hands and is now - rightly - regarded as the best left-back in the Premier League. If not in Europe.

To further endear himself to LFC fans though, he's developed a real nasty streak. A proper 'arl arse', as local Reds would call him.

It's seen him go down in the estimations of rivals fans, winding up the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and top forwards and wingers across the country.

His most famous moment though, showing Messi that he wasn't afraid to put him on his arse and let him know he was in a proper game, is something he regrets though, says the player.

Messi had ended up on his backside early on in the return leg of the Liverpool vs Barcelona Champions League semi-final and Robertson came up behind him, leaned down, giving Messi a little shove and ruffling his hair in the process. He was not happy.

Robertson has told the Peter Crouch Podcast. He said: "Me and Fabinho were both tracking him back, and we both ended up on the ground, and...yeah I just ruffled his hair a wee bit. that it's something he wish he hadn't done.

"He wasn't too happy, but it's something I wouldn't do again that's for sure!

"It's a bit disrespectful to the best player that's ever played this game.

"He was on the ground and I was on the ground, and I do regret it.

"But it's something that everyone relates to me now, which isn't the best!"

Of course, the boys went on to win 4-nil, progressing to a final that we would eventually win. And it's that 'never say die' attitude, that nasty streak throughout the second leg that many believe gave us an edge enough to put Barca on the back-foot throughout.

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