‘Don’t be so precious!’ – Graeme Souness responds after Jack Grealish hits back over criticism


Graeme Souness has told Jack Grealish to stop being ‘precious’ and insists that he ‘doesn’t have a problem with anyone’ after the Manchester City star hit out at his criticism.

Souness has been vocal critic of Grealish, previously saying that the winger is “not a quick learner” and that he is a good player, rather than a great one.

The 27-year-old responded to the Liverpool legend, saying he doesn’t know what his problem is with him.

“I don’t know what his problem is with me. He always says stuff about me,” he said.

“It is difficult [to ignore] when he’s on Sky Sports and it’s everywhere around the training ground.

“He was a great player and won a lot but I don’t know what problem he’s got.

“I know he’s said a lot of stuff about me not moving the ball quicker but 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 it everywhere, that’s what I’ll try to do.”

Souness has since fired back, claiming he doesn’t have a problem with Grealish.

Speaking on talkSPORT on Thursday morning, Souness responded to Grealish, while referencing his past criticism of former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

“I don’t have a problem with him [Grealish], I don’t have a problem with anyone,” said the former Liverpool manager.

“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.

“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.”

“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.”

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