Andy Robertson: Liverpool defender doesn't want Lionel Messi anywhere near Premier League

Andy Robertson: Liverpool defender doesn't want Lionel Messi anywhere near Premier League

- Andy Robertson faced Lionel Messi twice in the Champions League two seasons ago

- The Liverpool defender has admitted that the Argentine gave him very tough time

- Messi has handed Barcelona his transfer request and Manchester City are favourites to sign him

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Andy Robertson has stated in clear terms that since his club, Liverpool, have said they would not be attempting to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona, he doesn’t want the Argentine in the Premier League.

There are speculations that the Argentine has already agreed a deal with Manchester City, but Barcelona are desperate in keeping the star.

Recall that Liverpool faced Barcelona in the Champions League two seasons ago when the first leg ended 3-0 in favour of the Catalans and Messi scored twice as he single-handedly mesmerized the Reds' defence.

However the reverse fixture was a memorable one at Anfield where Liverpool overturned the three-goal deficit to make the Champions League Final with a 4-0 win.

Robertson said: "I think Liverpool have ruled out that we could sign him so I don't want him anywhere near the Premier League and hopefully it stays that way.

"I've played against him twice and it's the hardest games I've ever played."

Andy Robertson: Liverpool defender doesn't want Lionel Messi 'anywhere near' Premier League
Andy Robertson takes on Messi. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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And this is coming barely 48 hours that Conor Coady expressed delight at a possibility of facing legendary Messi in the Premier League, with the Wolves defender saying he would probably panic.

Manchester City are favourites to sign the embattled Barcelona star who has handed the Catalan club his transfer request which is already causing chaos in the whole of La Liga.

Already anticipating the arrival of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner in the English topflight, England defender who plays centre-back for Wolves admits being nervous.

"I would probably panic, a lot of panic before the game to try and get my head around playing him," Coady said, cited in GOAL.

"You could watch all the videos in the world to try to prepare for someone like him and you would struggle. It would be amazing for him and the Premier League." earlier reported that Arthur Melo is delighted to join Italian giants Juventus and he is already having his dream come true playing alongside legendary Cristiano Ronaldo.

The impressive midfielder was swapped with Pjanic who moved the other way, but has gone into self-isolation after testing positive for the dreaded coronavirus immediately he arrived Barcelona.

While the Messi debacle continues in Barcelona, Arthur had in 2019 disclosed how Messi helped him to settle at Barcelona and claimed that the Argentine is the greatest.

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