October 19th, 2012
He Said, He Said: Steve Gerrard vs El-Hadji Diouf
Image: Press Association.
It’s been about five years since Steven Gerrard criticised El-Hadji Diouf in his autobiography, but based on what Diouf told L’Equipe in a recent interview, the two obviously haven’t reconciled nor are they sharing hair gel.
In the interview, the current Leeds forward defended himself against his bad-boy reputation whilst setting his former Anfield team-mate’s record about him straight. You may recall how the LFC captain criticised Diouf in his 2007 autobiography by saying:
“I wasn’t Diouf’s number one fan. 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.”
But just this week Diouf shot his own barb back, labelling Gerrard “egotistical”:
“What he said is only of interest to him. 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.”
In summary, we only have one question for Mr Diouf: why now?