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Andy Robertson Doesn’t Want Tuesday’s Focus to Be on Neymar

The Liverpool defender is more concerned about the Brazilian international’s skills than his reputation for diving.

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Andy Robertson is gearing up for Tuesday night’s Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain, but he’s not interested in talking about what everyone else in the press is focused on: Neymar’s reputation for diving. Neymar criticism increased tenfold during the World Cup and several instances of over-the-top reactions (although some would argue the reactions had to be over-the-top to even get the attention of referees who were ignoring blatant fouls against him), and they haven’t really abated since.

Robertson, and the rest of the Liverpool defense, are far more focused on everything else that Neymar will be bringing to Anfield: superb skill.

”He’s a world-class player and we need to be wary of him,” Robertson said this weekend. “His skills speak for themselves.”

”Yeah, people say he goes down too easily, but that’s not up to us. It’s up to the referee to decide. We’ll stay away from that. For us, we’ve got to concentrate on the qualities. Unfortunately for us, he has a lot of them. It’s one player that we’ll have to be wary of. The bad thing for us is that they’ve got quite a lot of players that we’ll have to be wary of.”

Robertson isn’t too worried about the game being a one-sided affair, though. Liverpool has had an excellent start to the season, particularly in defense.

”On the other side, a good thing for us is that we’ve got a lot of players that can cause them problems,” he added. “We’ve shored up at the back, which is pleasing.”

”Obviously conceding two in the first five and maintaining our unbeaten run are the positives. But coming away to Tottenham is always a tough game, but to get the three points we’re delighted with.”

”Now that task is over and we’ve got a hell of a run in the next six games. We will have tougher tests now, but ones that we’ll look forward to.”

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