They never really got along at Liverpool, it’s a rather common secret, and especially El Hadji Diouf, the older he grows, the bolder he gets in his public statements regarding… everyone, actually.
I have no problem with him. Gerrard is a strong character and I am a strong character. ‘Stevie G’ was a very good player, 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
the former Red told the BBC, asked about the… tense relationship he always had with Steven Gerrard.
Diouf talked about his bad-boy reputation as well, saying
I am a lion, I am a bad loser and it’s not wrong to be a bad loser. I have got character and I want people to respect me. I am an easy target. It’s easy to talk about El Hadji Diouf and I let them talk but I know in my heart I am a good guy.
When asked about his biggest moment, the former Senegal international didn’t think twice before choosing one.
In 2002 we put Senegal on the world map. Before the World Cup nobody knew Senegal, but after the World Cup everybody wanted to know where Senegal was. What Maradona did for his country, is what I did for Senegal. I was one of the biggest men at the 2002 World Cup
the… anything but humble Diouf said.