Andy Robertson says Liverpool will defend as a 'unit' against Barcelona's Messi

Andy Robertson says Liverpool will defend as a 'unit' against Barcelona's Messi

- Andy Robertson has revealed Liverpool game plan to stop Lionel Messi in Champions League clash

- The Scot is likely to directly face Messi in the last four of the Champions League on Wednesday night, May 1

- Messi has enjoyed a fruitful campaign with his goals ensuring Barca’s successful defence of their La Liga title

Andy Robertson has disclosed that Liverpool will defend as a unit against Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in their Champions League clash.

According to the Mirror, the Reds battle Barca at Nou Camp on Wednesday, May 1, for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

The Argentine superstar has enjoyed a fruitful campaign with his goals ensuring Barcelona’s successful defence of their La Liga title.

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Messi is now turning his attention to claim a first Champions League silverware since 2015, but Liverpool must be at their best to deny the Barca captain from another celebration dance.

And Robertson, who is expected to mark Messi during the encounter, insists the job of checking the Argentine is not be a one-man job.

"I don’t think you have to prepare any differently from any other game. Of course, you’re playing against a better player than you usually would... he’s the best player in the world," Robertson was quoted as saying by UEFA.

The Scot also stressed that the Reds must be ready for Messi’s antics during the match.

“But I think we all need to be prepared because he drifts all over the pitch.

"You watch him, and sometimes he’s back in the centre-half spot, picking up the ball from deep and things like that, so he’ll start on the right but I’m prepared for him not to stay out there. But I know he’ll be running at us at times, and it’s all about how we defend it."

Speaking further, Robertson noted that apart from Messi, Barcelona boast of other players that can hurt Liverpool if they mark out Messi from the game.

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“We need to defend in packs, but the problem is that it’s not just him.

"If you keep him quiet, then you’ve got Coutinho, who we all know well, you’ve got Suarez and people like that who can cause you problems, so it’s not about keeping one man quiet, it’s about keeping the whole team quiet, and that’ll be the hardest thing for us," Robertson added.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Liverpool are topping the all-time English topflight log.

The Reds and Man City are currently fighting for the 2018/19 Premier League title with two games left this season.

Jurgen Klopp's men are presently occupying second position on the table with 91 points, while Manchester City are first with 92 points.

But going by the English top flight history using 131 years results according to the GMS, Liverpool are seen as the most successful football side in England.

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