Manchester City midfielder, Jack Grealish has slammed Liverpool legend, Graeme Souness, for his constant criticism of him.
Since making his record-breaking £100m transfer from Aston Villa to Man City last year, Grealish has come under plenty of scrutiny from fans and pundits alike, with Souness, perhaps his most vocal critic.
Many have commented on Grealish’s lack of goal contributions at Man City, having scored just seven times and making just four assists in 45 games for the Premier League champion.
Souness has also described Grealish as a ‘good, not great player’ and has claimed that he holds onto the ball for too long.
But Grealish has now hit back at Souness, saying that the only person he will be taking advice from on how to play is his manager Pep Guardiola.
I don’t know what his [Souness’] problem is with me. He always says stuff about me, Grealish said while on international duty with England ahead of their UEFA Nations League fixtures with Italy and Germany.
It is difficult [to ignore] when he’s on Sky Sports and it is 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 has said a lot of stuff about me not moving the ball quicker but when I am playing for a manager like Pep Guardiola and he is telling me to keep the ball as much as I can and have balls to take it everywhere, that is what I will try to do.
I always watch my games back and I am very critical of myself. I know that there were games, especially in the second half of last season, where I was not at my best at all.
I will always have people on my back. When I signed for City and the price that came with it, I knew it was not going to all be laughs, unless I started the way Erling Haaland did. That is the only way I wouldn’t get caned!