Graeme Souness says he has no problem with Jack Grealish and ‘would enjoy night out with him’ but tells Man City star to be ‘less precious’ – because he was ‘100 per cent right’ about Paul Pogba

    Graeme Souness insists he has no agenda against Jack Grealish after the Manchester City forward hit back at the pundit’s recent criticism.

    During a recent appearance on talkSPORT, Liverpool legend Souness described Grealish as a ‘good, not great’ player and told the 27-year-old he takes too many touches.

    Grealish and Souness have found themselves locked in a war of words this week

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    Grealish and Souness have found themselves locked in a war of words this week

    Grealish, currently on England duty, was asked about Souness’ comments during a press conference and suggested the Scot has an issue with him.

    “I don’t know what his problem is with me,” Grealish said with a laugh.

    “I try not to read it, obviously it’s difficult when he’s on talkSPORT or Sky Sports and it’s everywhere around the training ground at times.

    “He was obviously a great player, I don’t know what it is with what he says about me or what problem he’s got.

    “I know my own ability. I know before he used to say a lot of stuff about me not moving the ball quicker.

    “But you know, when I’m playing for a manager like Pep Guardiola and he’s telling me to keep the ball as much as I can and have balls to take everywhere, that’s what I’ll try and do.”

    Souness responded to Grealish and stood by his comments

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    Souness responded to Grealish and stood by his comments

    Souness rejoined talkSPORT on Thursday to address Grealish’s comments and dismissed any suggestion of a vendetta against the England star.

    The Liverpool icon even admitted he would love to spend a night out with Grealish.

    However, Souness stood by his criticim and warned Grealish he was ‘100 per cent’ right about ex-Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

    Souness was a fierce critic of Pogba, who left Old Trafford on a free transfer in July after six underwhelming years, and the Scot insists modern players like Grealish should be less ‘precious’.

    Pogba did not live up to expectation in his second spell with the Red Devils

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    Pogba did not live up to expectation in his second spell with the Red Devils

    Souness told talkSPORT: “I don’t have a problem with him, I don’t have a problem with anyone. 

    “I think he’s a good player, technically he’s fantastic, but being a really good technician is only a part of the game.

    “I don’t believe we can be critical of the modern player.

    “When I was having a go at Pogba, it was because it was Manchester United and my Liverpool connections, and I think I was the first one to call Pogba out as an average player in our league, and I think I was proven 100 per cent right at the end of the day.

    Grealish signed for Man City in a British-record £100m move in 2021

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    Grealish signed for Man City in a British-record £100m move in 2021

    “I’m sure if I met Jack I would really like him. He’s a cheeky chappy and I’d like to have a night out with him as well, but I just feel the modern player doesn’t take criticism very well.”

    Souness added: “Listen, I’m paid to offer an opinion and I’ve been in the game 50 years, so I think I’m entitled to have an opinion. Don’t be so precious.

    “I don’t have a vendetta against anyone at all, this is just my opinion at this time about Grealish. And, really, Jack doesn’t have to listen to me, he doesn’t have to listen to anyone. The only opinion that should count for Grealish is his manager.

    “Jack has got the dribbling ability very few players have, and that kind of ability gets you on the edge of your seat, but you’ve got to deliver at the end of it. It’s not just about dribbling past two players and then giving the ball away.

    Grealish has five goals and three assists in just over a year at the Etihad

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    Grealish has five goals and three assists in just over a year at the Etihad

    “When the game was explained to me at Liverpool – and how lucky was I to be a student to Jock Stein, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagen, Ronny Moran, Alex Ferguson? How lucky was I to learn at the feet of those football people? You don’t get any bigger.

    “This was the way the game was explained to me:  if you’re in a team of 11 and you’ve got two strikers, the other nine are just carriers, they are there to serve the two guys who play up front, they are the ones who get the goals to win you the games and get points in the bag.

    “The best way to serve them is to get them the ball as quickly and accurately as possible, don’t dwell on the ball unnecessarily, don’t be clever when you don’t need to be. That’s the game of football in a nutshell.

    “So there is absolutely no agenda against Jack. I’d love a night out with him, I’m not sure I could stay with him, but I’d enjoy a night out with him.

    “He has to choose who to listen to, and if he decides my opinion is not worth listening to, I can live with that. He only has to listen to his manager, he’s the only one he has to impress.”

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