Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford strikes a nerve with Graeme Souness
Jordan Pickford was perhaps the man of the match for Everton as they secured another draw in the Merseyside derby against Liverpool.
The England international produce a string of fine saves to ensure Jurgen Klopp’s star-studded attack could not get their names on the scoresheet and the derby day spoils were shared at Goodison Park.
His passion for saving his team was obvious as he regularly got straight up from making a match-defining save to berate his defenders for making him save their bacon.
That attitude does not amuse Graeme Souness who would prefer Gareth Southgate’s number one to just stick to his job rather than shout at his teammates.
“He draws attention to himself because Every time he makes a save, he’s on his feet berating defenders,” Souness said to talkSPORT. “If I was on the same team that would really annoy me.
“I think he should get that out of his game, make the save, get a pat on the back from your mates and get on with it.”
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Souness was the kind of player who would give no quarter to his teammates if they made a mistake in his day but it seems that old age has made him soft at the core.
Pickford is entitled to say whatever he likes to his defenders if he feels they could have done more to prevent a shot on his goal because the last thing he wants to be doing is what he is paid to do, strangely.
Maybe he could go about it in a more relaxed and constructive manner but these are Premier League footballers and if they can’t deal with being shouted at then they should leave the club immediately.
It all worked out in the end with no goals going past Pickford all afternoon and it could have been all three points for Everton had Conor Coady not been fractionally offside.
You can’t see Pickford changing his ways because Souness is a bit upset at him.