Liverpool defender Andy Robertson admits he regrets how he treated Lionel Messi

Liverpool hero Andy Robertson admits he regrets disrespecting Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

The Scotland international and Nou Camp legend locked horns in the Champions League semi-final last season.

Having been 3-0 down from the first leg, Jurgen Klopp masterminded an incredible 4-0 triumph in the return fixture at Anfield.

During the clash, Robertson playfully ruffled Messi’s hair as the diminutive forward tried to win a free kick.

The talented full back says he now regrets his actions, though.

"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.

"We all had the attitude that day that nothing was standing in our way to get to that final and we created that atmosphere around the stadium and me and Fabinho were tracking him and there was a tangle of legs and we were on the floor. To do that to the greatest player that has ever played…

"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 highest potential…

"But I do regret it. That’s not me as a person. That’s not my personality.

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“But that night a lot of things happened that you don’t really remember. There was no thought process behind it. We were right up for the game. The fans were roaring and you get caught up in it.

“You’re a human being. We were 3-0 down in the semi-final of the Champions League, which we wanted to put right from the season before.

“It was the loudest changing room I have been in before the game. You could see the focus and the determination in all of us and maybe I went over the line."

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