While the world of football has been paying tribute to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard there still are a few who are taking a pop at the former England midfielder. One such player is El Hadji Diouf, the Senegalese star played alongside the Liverpool star for a couple of seasons before he was sold to Bolton and he did have a lot of harsh words to share.
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Speaking to SFR Sport, he was quoted as saying:
“When I arrived, I showed him that he was nothing.
“I asked him, ‘What great competition have you played and where do people remember you?’ It wasn’t [Zinedine] Zidane.
“The player, I respect him. He’s a great player. But the man and the person not. I let him know.
“For me, he was a player like everyone else. He had to keep up well, and play as he knew how to do, but don’t go to the coach to report what happens in the dressing room.”
A history of problems between Gerrard and Diouf
This is not the first time Diouf has spoken out about the Liverpool star and they had even faced off in an angry confrontation when Diouf was playing for Blackburn Rovers.
The Senegalese star also stated that it was he who was the bigger star at the club when he joined the Reds and Gerrard had actually asked for his jersey.
“He knows that I don’t mince words,” Diouf added.
“He did not look in my eyes because he was afraid. And he was afraid to speak to me.
“And when I arrived at Liverpool, it was he who asked me for my jersey, not the opposite.”
There really was no need for Diouf to rip into Gerrard once again. It doesn’t really gain him a lot of fans but it does keep him in the news, though.
Support for Mario Balotelli from Diouf
The former Bolton and Blackburn player also shared his views on the treatment meted out to Mario Balotelli. The Italian didn’t really perform all that well for Brendan Rodgers and was sold to Nice at the start of this season by Klopp.
While Balo has also stated that moving to Liverpool was a mistake, Diouf had asked the Italian not to move to the Reds.
“I told him not to go to Liverpool. It wasn’t made for him, that things couldn’t go well with Gerrard, who has never had his talent and then said negative things about him,” he told L’Equipe in September.
Diouf also stated that Gerrard wouldn’t feel all that comfortable if Mario moved to the Reds.
“Gerrard is a jealous man who doesn’t like men of character. Mario is a good person that you should listen to. He’s not a guy who’s going to cause problems in the dressing room.
“There are a lot of things that have been made up about him. People tell tales about him, but they’re often a load of rubbish.”
Whatever the comments from Diouf, it will not take away the legendary status Gerrard has within the hearts of millions of football fans and hopefully, the Englishman can get a role in the Liverpool team soon.
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The American sensation has been linked (h/t Guardian ) with a move to the Premier League with Chelsea and Liverpool interested in the winger.
Pulisic has found starts hard to come at the Bundesliga leaders and Mariner was quoted by the Express saying:
“No, don’t do it.
“It’s the wrong club for him.
“He’s just going to go into a hopper of decent footballers who eventually go out on loan.
“Is he going to get in the team on this present form? No he’s not.
The former Gunner added that Pulisic is still developing as a player and Liverpool would be great for him, especially because we have Jurgen Klopp
“If you were to ask me for a club he should go to – Liverpool.
“Klopp understands the Bundesliga, he understands what it takes to mould a player. He knows him very, very well.
“If Pulisic were to go to Liverpool, the nurturing and the way that Klopp puts his arm around players, I think it would be a fabulous move for him.”
The 20-year-old would be an incredible signing for the Reds and would add more firepower to our star-studded attack.
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino haven’t been firing on all cylinders this season but the addition of Pulisic could change that.
The American would not come on the cheap but given he has a ton of potential and is only 20, Klopp should take a punt on the Dortmund youngster.
(Video) Liverpool star breaks down after seeing his side win 1-0 over Equatorial Guinea
The attacker had to be helped off the pitch by his teammates despite the team winning the game. The Metro reports that Mane had the chance to double Senegal’s lead in the game but missed his chance.
Many supporters turned on the 26-year-old and booed him for the miss. When the match ended, Mane fell to the ground, tearing up.
His teammates tried to help him up but the Liverpool star fell once again before he was taken off the pitch.
Mane has struggled to perform for Liverpool this season, and it seems his form deserted him for the national side too.
Les chaudes larmes de Sadio Mané à la fin du match face à la Guinée Equatoriale (0-1). Cependant, rien n’indique qu’il est blessé.
Le joueur de Liverpool semble triste à cause de son mauvais match.#Senegal #Liverpool #Can2019 pic.twitter.com/eDx7MOHCay
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Although Senegal won the game, the reaction from Mane was a little surprising. This reaction reminds us of that 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace with Luis Suarez breaking down after the match ended.
The Senegal forward is one of our most important players and we need to have him in the right frame of mind for the rest of the season.
The 26-year-old has seven goals for us this season, which isn’t a bad return, but we haven’t seen the best of our attackers yet.
Our next game is a tough tie against Watford at Vicarage Road, and the Senegalese attacker has to be at his best if we are to pick up the three points.
Liverpool keeping an eye on 18-year-old Brazilian sensation
The 18-year-old recently played for the senior Atletico Mineiro side and is expected to follow the “lead” by Gabriel Jesus, as per the report.
Roberto plays as an attacking midfielder and has also interested the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea, as per the report.
The 18-year-old could be another great Brazilian coming through the ranks and it will be interesting to see if we follow up with our interest.
Liverpool have a few Brazilian internationals in their side with Alisson and Fabinho joining in the summer. Roberto Firmino has enjoyed a fantastic spell under Jurgen Klopp and seems to be getting better with each season under his belt.
The Reds have to be wary regarding South American youngsters as we have another Brazilian on the books, Allan, that has had trouble getting work permits in Britain.
The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt but hasn’t played a single competitive game for the Reds since joining in 2015.
Roberto could be a star in the making and if he wants to develop into the finished article, there is no better place than Liverpool.
Klopp has one of the best youth teams in England, and the German is known for handing chances to youngsters at the club.
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