Liverpool star Andy Robertson has admitted he regrets the way he treated Lionel Messi in the Champions League clash with Barcelona last season. The Scotland captain ruffled the Argentine’s hair as the Reds completed a remarkable comeback win.
Liverpool went on to win the Champions League, beating Tottenham in the final.
But Robertson has insisted his treatment of Messi was out of character and he would go back and change the way he acted if he could.
“When I look back on things I don’t really regret anything because I feel as if everything is experience that makes you what you are,” he told the Daily Mail.
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“But I do look back on that moment with Messi as one regret. I don’t like seeing it. When I saw it afterwards I was gutted.
“I have nothing but respect for him and Barcelona, but needed something special and if that little thing stopped the best player in the world playing to his highest potential…
“But I do regret it. That’s not me as a person. That’s not my personality. Maybe I went over the line.”
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Robertson has also opened up on Sadio Mane’s temper and Jurgen Klopp’s decision to substitute the winger against Atletico Madrid earlier this week.
“Everyone knows Sadio has maybe got a temper on him at times,” said Robertson.
“I know how to deal with Sadio. That was me trying to calm my own team-mate down.
“I know sometimes things can affect Sadio. In that game he got targeted. So if I were to say something short and sharp to Sadio, it might have a little effect.
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“He never got involved in anything in the second half in Doha. Whether that was to do with me or whether someone else spoke to him at half-time, I’m not sure.
“We’re a family and if one of them is getting targeted then we will all back them up. We are like brothers. If one of them is getting targeted or picked on it is up to the rest of us to protect him. That’s what I try to do.”
Liverpool lost 1-0 to Atletico in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash.
Klopp’s side return to action on Monday evening when they take on West Ham in the Premier League (8pm).
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