Robertson regrets disrespecting ‘best ever’ Messi during Liverpool’s epic clash with Barcelona

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The Scot clashed with Messi early on during that famous night in May last year, with braces from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum securing a 4-0 win and one of the greatest ever European fightbacks of all time. Emotions were running high from the first moment in a fierce atmosphere, and Robertson stoked those flames when he tangled with Messi in the first few exchanges. Robertson ruffled Messi’s hair after the Argentine took a tumble. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner hit the deck after being sandwiched between the Liverpool left-back and Fabinho, with Robertson’s cheeky little head pat provoking a furious reaction from Messi, and the Scot admits he got a bit carried away.

Me and Fabinho were tracking him [Messi] back, we both ended up on the ground,’ he told That Peter Crouch Podcast. ‘I just ruffled his hair a wee bit, he wasn’t too happy but it’s something I wouldn’t do again, that’s for sure. It’s just disrespectful to the best player that’s ever played this game. ‘That game was like, in the changing room, I’ve never seen a changing room like it. We were so pumped up for the game, and unfortunately it happened too early didn’t it?

With emotions running high on a memorable European night at Anfield, the Scottish full-back tangled with the Argentine icon early on.

As both men ended up on the deck, Robertson could not help having a sly pop at Messi as he got back to his feet .

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner did not take kindly to the actions of the Reds defender, but anything goes in the heat of battle.

Robertson concedes as much, with Jurgen Klopp’s side fully focused on efforts that eventually delivered a stunning 4-0 win, but admits he would not repeat his actions if put in the same situation again.

He told That Peter Crouch Podcast , which is available via BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 5 Live: “Me and Fabinho were tracking him [Messi] back, we both ended up on the ground.

“I just ruffled his hair a wee bit, he wasn’t too happy but it’s something I wouldn’t do again, that’s for sure. It’s just disrespectful to the best player that’s ever played this game.

“That game was like, in the changing room, I’ve never seen a changing room like it. We were so pumped up for the game, and unfortunately it happened too early didn’t it?

“He was on the ground, I was on the ground. I don’t know what came over me! I do regret it, but it’s something everyone relates to me now, which isn’t the best.

“If I was thinking it wouldn’t have been done. I wasn’t thinking clearly.”

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