17 Oct 2016

Liverpool Smackdown: Souness slates 'struggling' Man Utd star; insists he has a 'problem' with 'understanding the game'

Paul Pogba appears to be a hot topic of conversation amongst ex-Reds and current Liverpool players, and LFC hero Graeme Souness is the latest former player to stick the knife into the £89m Man United star.

In September, Jamie Carragher slammed Pogba for his 'embarrassing' and 'defensively poor' performances for United, and according to Souey today:

"I don't see him [Pogba] anywhere near that [£89m value]. He's struggling to find his best position and best form. He looks like a wonderful athlete, but...his problem is [not] having a great understanding of the game."

There are obvious parallels here with Steven Gerrard. Like Pogba, Gerrard sometimes lacked positional discipline, and that often caused problems (Istanbul, anyone?)

That said, Gerrard compensated for that with his prodigious talent, and ability to regularly impact and/or change games, and Pogba is arguably cut from the same cloth.

As such, it's a little too early to start writing him off. Pogba's transfer fee may be ridiculous, but he has proven himself to be a top quality player, and when he settles into Jose Mourinho's system, I have no doubt that his quality will shine through.

Just hopefully not tonight!


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