Andy Robertson admits Liverpool have ruled out even trying to sign Lionel Messi given what it would cost to bring him to Anfield.
Six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi has been heavily linked with a move away from the Camp Nou in recent weeks after growing disheartened in Spain.
Manchester City are at the front of the queue to sign him, given they’re managed by Pep Guardiola and can afford the Argentine’s huge outlay.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have not been linked with Messi.
And for any Reds fans with an ounce of hope the club were considering signing the world’s best player, Robertson has now put the suggestion to bed once and for all.
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Talking to the press, the Scot added that as there is no chance of Messi joining Liverpool he hopes he stays as far away from the Premier League as possible.
“From a completely selfish point of view I hope it doesn’t happen, hopefully, he stays at Barca,” explained the Liverpool left-back.
“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.”
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