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30-04-2019 | 13:59 Football
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Andy Robertson reveals Liverpool's game plan to stop Lionel Messi in Champions League

Barcelona and last season’s runners-up Liverpool will go head-to-head in the Champions League semi-finals at Camp Nou on Wednesday, May 1 and ahead of the game Andrew Roberston has revealed their game plan to stop Lionel Messi. The Scot will be responsible for defending the right side of Barcelona's attack - the area of the pitch a certain Lionel Messi usually lines up. But the quality and unpredictability of Messi mean all players of Jurgen Klopp need to be alert. "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," the Scot told UEFA. "You can maybe watch clips, although I don’t know if that would help, mind you! 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." Robertson also admits that Barcelona have the players to damage Liverpool, besides Messi. “We need to defend in packs, but the problem is that it’s not just him," he added. "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.”

Source-The Mirror

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