Andy Robertson says he regrets ruffling Lionel Messi's hair
during Liverpool's 4-0 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League last
Barcelona looked set to make the Champions League final
after securing a 3-0 lead after the semi-final first leg at the Camp Nou, but a
trademark Anfield European night saw their dreams turn to nightmares after the
Reds roared back to advance with a 4-3 aggregate victory.
It was arguably Anfield's greatest ever European night with
two goals apiece from Divock Origi and game-changing half-time substitute
Georginio Wijnaldum seeing them progress 4-3 on aggregate, almost a year to the
Robertson put in a huge performance on the night and only
now has he finally admitted to regretting his actions.
Robertson decided to press down hard on Lionel Messi's head,
an action which the Scot know thinks was an error, but at the time it seemed to
take the Anfield atmosphere up a notch, and probably aided their comeback.
"Me and Fabinho were both tracking him (Messi) back,
and we both ended up on the ground, and yeah I just ruffled his hair a wee
bit," Robertson said on That Peter Crouch Podcast.
"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
It was the second successive season that Barca had lost a
commanding lead in Europe, and Messi revealed that the squad were still
recovering ahead of the Copa del Rey final later that month, which they lost
2-1 to Valencia.
He said: "The Liverpool game was a really hard blow for
us. Not just for me, but for the whole squad, and it has been hard to recover
"We were terrible on the night at Anfield and to lose
in the same way twice in two years is not acceptable."
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