Andy Robertson has revealed his regret at shoving Lionel Messi during the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Barcelona last season.
The Reds mounted an astonishing comeback at Anfield to overcome the La Liga giants 4-3 on aggregate, having lost the first leg 3-0 in Catalonia, with the brilliant Robertson playing a key part in the victory.
Cameras, however, picked up Robertson shoving Messi early on in the game while the Argentina superstar lay on the turf after feeling he had been fouled.
Speaking to the Daily Mail the Scotland star admitted he felt ashamed when he saw the footage back afterwards.
“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,” Robertson said. “But I do look back at 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 we went into that game with the attitude that we were 3-0 down, we needed a miracle, we needed something special and if that little thing stopped the best player in the world playing to his full potential…
“But I do regret it. That’s not me as a person. That’s not my personality. But that night a lot of things happened that you don’t really remember.”
Regret or not, Liverpool had the last laugh as they went on lift the trophy after beating Tottenham in the final in Madrid.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have been watching Leeds loanee Ben White in plenty of interest in recent weeks as Jurgen Klopp’s side ponder a summer approach for the impressive central defender.
White has become an integral part of Marcelo Bielsa’s defence at Leeds since arriving on a season’s loan from Brighton, sparking reports that the two Premier League heavyweights were weighing up moves for the centre-back.
And while Brighton boss Graham Potter has stated that White’s future remains with the Seagulls, explaining they have no interest in selling him, The Athletic have claimed that scouts from Liverpool have watched the 22-year-old closely in recent weeks and are strongly considering a summer approach for his services. Read more…