Andy Robertson may be one of the best full-back’s in world football – but the Liverpool star is still hoping that Lionel Messi stays put in Barcelona.
The Scotland captain returns to the international scene this evening as he leads the Tartan Army against Israel. It’s the start of the new Nations League campaign, with a trip to Czech Republic to come on Monday.
It’ll be one of the first competitive games of the season for Robertson with Liverpool preparing for their Premier League return this month. Jurgen Klopp’s side will look to defend their Premier League crown after lifting the title last term.
Manchester City will no doubt challenge Robertson and his side again this year, with Pep Guardiola’s team being linked with one of the biggest football transfers of all time. Messi’s future at Barcelona is unstable and City are said to be working on a deal.
Robertson, speaking at his press conference, hopes not to see arguably the best player of all time in the Premier League as he looks to his Scotland return: “From a completely selfish point of view I hope it doesn’t happen, hopefully, he stays at Barca.
“He’s one of, if not the best player to ever play the game so for him to go to one of your nearest rivals is probably never a good sign. He’s a fantastic player, I’ve no doubt if he came to the Premier League he’d bring the exact same quality, the same passion and everything he brings at Barca.
“I think Liverpool have ruled out that we are going to sign him, so for me, I don’t want him anywhere near the Premier League and hopefully it stays that way, but we’ll wait and see what happens with that.
“Obviously you can see the uncertainty at Barca, I think everyone can see that, and hopefully they get it resolved. If he comes to the Prem we’ll deal with it, it’ll be great for the lads to play against him.
“I’ve played against him twice and it’s the hardest games I’ve ever played, so you need to stay on watch against him at all times, he can pop up out of nowhere. He’s a fantastic player, probably the best to ever play the game but hopefully he stays in Spain for me.
“It’s been a long time, 10 months, we couldn’t see in November after getting two positive results that it would be that long until we play an international game again. But it’s good to be back in the squad and the lads. You can tell we are happy to be back and ready to represent our country again.”