Jamie Carragher explains why he wouldn't want Liverpool to sign Lionel Messi


A number of Premier League heavyweights were linked with Lionel Messi this summer after the Barcelona superstar had made himself available

The six-time world footballer of the year winner had handed in a transfer request last week indicating his desire to quit Barcelona.

However, talks over his potential departure quickly turned sour with Barcelona demanding his £632m release clause be paid in full.

Messi played down his earlier decision to quit the Camp Nou few days ago revealing his family was displeased when the news broke out.

He told Goal : "When I communicated my wish to leave to my wife and children, it was a brutal drama.

"The whole family began crying, my children did not want to leave Barcelona, nor did they want to change schools."

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher wanted to see Lionel Messi in the Premier League believing the 33-year-old would lit up the England top-flight competition.

But in a warp the former England international went on to reckoned that he wouldn't want the Argentine to join a club he supports.

He said: “If you are asking me as a lover of football if I wanted Messi to come to the Premier League then absolutely, yes.

"Did I want him to go to Man City? Yes, because I just wanted him in the Premier League.

"I wanted to watch him every week – and it would have been amazing.

"Did I want Liverpool to sign him? No. If I was a City fan, would I have wanted City to sign him? No.

"Standing back and looking at the numbers involved and the age of the player, I am not sure I would have wanted my team to sign him.

"I wanted Messi in the Premier League and if he had gone to City I would have been delighted.

"Would he have made City better? Of course.

"But Liverpool still beat Barcelona 4-0 - and Barcelona didn’t win the league this year and have not won the Champions League for a long time.

"We are talking about one of the greatest players, but just because you get him there is no guarantee of success."

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