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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.

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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ESPN pundit claims this Liverpool star is perfect to replace Luis Suarez at Barcelona

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Liverpool FC transfer news: ESPN pundit claims Roberto Firmino would be a great fit at Barcelona

Roberto Firmino has to be one of the best players in the Premier League, and ESPN pundit Paul Mariner believes the Brazilian would be a great fit at Barcelona.

The Daily Star reports that Barcelona are looking for a replacement to Luis Suarez. The former Liverpool star has been excellent at the Catalans but at 32, he is nearing the twilight of his career.

Suarez isn’t the only player to have moved to the Nou Camp with Philippe Coutinho joining them last year.

Mariner was asked who would be the replacement for the Uruguayan and claimed that Firmino is the right man, even if he was going to upset a few fans (h/t Daily Star):

“Just look at some of his link up play and I think that would be perfect for Barcelona.

“I know Coutinho hasn’t done it at Barca but Firmino is a different player.

“Firmino for me does it all. He is tremendous.”

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool

Firmino’s future set at Anfield?

The Brazilian has been wonderful under Jurgen Klopp and the German has made the forward a better player since taking over from Brendan Rodgers.

The forward also signed a new deal recently and has formed a great partnership alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

The former Hoffenheim star does more than score goals, as he does a lot of work for the team. The 27-year-old is integral to the way we play, and it would be a major surprise if we think about selling the Brazilian.

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Firmino could play for any side in the world, but thankfully he is one of us and can achieve great things under the German.

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“Liverpool are the favourites” – Bayern Munich star backs Reds to beat the Bundesliga giants

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Latest Liverpool news: Joshua Kimmich claims Liverpool are favourites ahead of Champions League clash

Bayern Munich’s German international Joshua Kimmich has installed Liverpool as favourites ahead of the Champions League round of 16 clash against Bayern Munich.

The first leg takes place on Tuesday night at Anfield, and the German claims Bayern’s inconsistency and Liverpool’s form this season makes the English side the favourites (h/t Telegraph):

“Liverpool are the favourites.

“They have lost one league game all season and have let in only 15 goals. But when you look at us, we are not as consistent as before.”

Bayern have struggled a bit this season under new manager Niko Kovac and trail Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

The Reds have been supreme in the league losing just once but are tied on points at the top of the table with Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp making the difference for Liverpool

Kimmich was asked a range of questions by the Telegraph and the 24-year-old spoke about Jurgen Klopp possibly becoming the Germany boss in the future.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp

The Bayern star claimed Klopp could coach any side in the world and was amazed regarding the connection the manager has with the fans and players.

“You can see how he pushes his players to another level. Every player is better with this coach.”

Klopp has had his run-ins with Bayern during his spell as Dortmund manager, and it will be interesting to see how we perform in the first leg on Tuesday.

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Liverpool haven’t played since defeating Bournemouth 3-0 and had a 10-day break to prepare for this clash. The Reds then play Manchester United at the weekend, and these two huge games should see the best out of the team.

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19-year-old Liverpool target emerges on arch-rivals Man United’s radar for the summer

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Manchester United and PSG battle for Liverpool target Joao Felix

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Benfica’s starlet Joao Felix, according to the Mirror. However, there is a lot of interest in the 19-year-old, who has a release clause of £105million (h/t Mirror).

The report adds that Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are “locked” in a battle for Felix, who has been dubbed as the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea are also admirers of Europe’s rising talent, according to the report. Ronaldo has also been seen at Benfica games, and the Mirror adds that the youngster wants to play alongside the legend one day.

However, the report claims that Juventus are not in the running for the 19-year-old with PSG and Manchester United leading the race for his signature.

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Ryan Kent

Liverpool have youngsters performing away on loan

Although the Reds could do with more senior attacking options to provide cover for Mohamed Salah and co, Liverpool have a few youngsters doing well on loan this season.

Felix would cost a bomb, according to the report, while the likes of Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent have done well at Derby County and Rangers respectively.

We also have Marko Grujic doing exceptionally well at Hertha Berlin, but it seems he will be loaned out for another year.

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Felix has a bright future ahead of him and it will be interesting to see if he switches from Benfica to another club in the summer window.

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