Lionel Messi blocked Sergi Roberto exit
The Brazilian moved to the Nou Camp from the Reds for a mammoth £142m fee.
Jurgen Klopp wanted to sell his star man next summer.
However, the Anfield heavyweights gave in to pressure from Barca and Coutinho.
Media outlet Diario Gol say a part-exchange deal that included Roberto was mooted.
But Messi, who is an influential figure behind the scenes at Barca, is a huge admirer of Roberto and wouldn’t allow him to leave.
It’s suggested several Premier League clubs are still vying for his services.
“Lionel Messi blocked Sergi Roberto exit”
Messi has told Barcelona bigwigs that he’s not to be sold though.
The Argentine ace has reportedly even suggested that his pal deserves a pay rise.
Roberto is apparently happy in Catalonia despite interest from other clubs.
The 25-year-old is valued highly at the club given his impressive versatility.
He can be deployed in defence, midfield or on the wing.
Since making his debut in 2010 he’s racked up 109 La Liga appearances.