El-Hadji Diouf: Nobody can stand Steven Gerrard at Liverpool
Leeds United midfielder El-Hadji Diouf claims "nobody can stand" Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard at the Merseyside outfit
El-Hadji Diouf has claimed “nobody can stand” Steven Gerrard at Liverpool.
The Senegal international spent two seasons with the Reds after being signed by former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier following an impressive display at the 2002 World Cup.
Diouf moved to Bolton in 2004, and Gerrard went on to captain Liverpool to the Champions League title courtesy of a victory on penalties against AC Milan later that season.
Gerrard admitted he was “no fan” of Diouf in his autobiography released in 2007, but the Leeds United star has hit back at his former team-mate.
“What he said is only of interest to him,” said Diouf. “All I worried about was the Senegal team, I took them to the World Cup quarter-finals in 2002.
“I was in Pele’s 100 players of the century. Not him.
“I respect him as a footballer, but there is nobody more egotistical than him.
“He does not care about others. I spoke to the major figures at Liverpool and nobody can stand him. And I am not talking about [Jamie] Carragher.”
Diouf also refuted his “bad-boy” image in English football, with the former Blackburn Rovers star maintaining he is unfairly targeted for his past misdemeanours.
“I have done things but others have done worse. I am an easy target, people talk about me no matter what,” he added.
“OK, I have hurt people and I regret that. But I have never been to prison, I have never injured anyone on the pitch.
“After people gave me the ‘bad-boy’ image, I had to deal with it. Bad boy? It makes me laugh.
“It doesn’t bother me. I prefer that people talk about me, whether good or bad. I leave my mark wherever I go.”