Tuesday 12 December 2017

El Hadji Diouf's latest snipes at Steven Gerrard are predictably unpleasant

El-Hadki Diouf and Steven Gerrard are not friends
El-Hadki Diouf and Steven Gerrard are not friends
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

El Hadji Diouf appears to enjoy nothing more than poking fun at his former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard and he has been up to his old tricks once again.

One of the most unpopular characters to play in the Premier League has been ridiculed time and again when he has tried to claim he deserves to be hailed as one of the game's greats.

His former Liverpool team-mate Jamie Carragher has been quick to respond to the jibes serves up by Diouf and he will doubtless be amused by the latest comments offers up by the former Senegal striker.

Diouf scored just three goals in 55 instantly forgettable appearances for Liverpool and is remembered by British audiences as much for spitting at opponents and fans as his sporting efforts, yet he continues to gain publicity by poking fun at Gerrard.

"Stevie G' was a very good player," Diouf told the BBC. "People like him in Liverpool but he never did anything for his country.

"I am Mr El Hadji Diouf, Mr Senegal but he is Mr Liverpool and Senegal is bigger than Liverpool and he has to know that."

Gerrard has been scathing in their reflections of Diouf's time at Anfield, writing this in his autobiography about former striker.

"I wasn't Diouf's No 1 fan," stated Gerrard.

"Being around Melwood and Anfield I knew which players were hungry, which players had Liverpool at heart. Diouf was just interested in himself.

"His attitude was all wrong. I felt he wasn't really a***d about putting his body on the line to get Liverpool back at the top."

The less than charming Diouf may seem a little out of place in his current role working as a government goodwill ambassador in Senegal, as he has been asked to advise the country's President Macky Sall's on sport as well as running his own sports newspaper business.

"My life is about sport but the government cannot do everything alone, they need help from people like me," added Diouf.

"The president believes in me and that's why when I finished playing football, he called me and told me he wants me to help because the young generation believe in me. I am an example to them."

Diouf clearly believes he is a role model to his nation...but the good people of Liverpool may use a different word to describe him.

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