El-Hadji Diouf has accused Steven Gerrard of racism.
El-Hadji Diouf doesn’t have the greatest reputation in the world. However, his claims this morning will be alarming for many as he has stated that Steven Gerrard ‘never liked black people.’
“We all saw how he made life difficult for Mario Balotelli at Liverpool. I warned him. Liverpool isn’t a team that accepts black people unless they are English,” Diouf said speaking Portuguese radio station Radio Future Média.
“It’s common knowledge; Gerrard has never liked black people. When I was at Liverpool, I showed him I was black, that I wasn’t English, but that I’m no pushover. All the time I was there, he never dared looked me in the eye.”
Diouf who played for Liverpool from 2002-2005 (scoring a whopping 3 goals in 55 appearances for the club) was responding to Gerrard’s criticism of him in his autobiography.
“I don’t really want to waste time thinking about El Hadji Diouf but it’s worth highlighting his wasted seasons at Liverpool as an example of how it can all go wrong.” Gerrard writes in his new book.
“Gerard Houllier, a very good manager and usually a wise judge of character, signed Diouf in the summer of 2002. Gerard [Houllier] bought Diouf for £10m from Lens – solely on the recommendation of his former assistant, Patrice Bergues, who had coached Diouf there.
“I understood why Gerard [Houllier] rushed through the signing, but he did not really know Diouf as a person. He was one of three new signings which were meant to turn Liverpool into Premier League champions.
“It seemed to me that Diouf had no real interest in football and that he cared nothing about Liverpool. For example, the way he spat a huge globule of gunky phlegm at a Celtic fan in a UEFA Cup match at Parkhead in March 2003 summed up his contemptuous and spiteful demeanour.
“A few people have since asked me if I saw any comparison between Diouf and Mario Balotelli – and I’ve always said no. I’ve got respect for Balotelli; I’ve got none for Diouf.”
This isn’t the first time the two have publicly criticized one another. After Gerrard released his first autobiography in 2007 there were also quotes referring to the poor impression the Liverpool midfielder had of Diouf during his time with the club.
In that case, the Senegalese striker responded by claiming that Gerrard “does not care about others” and that Diouf had spoken “to the major figures at Liverpool and nobody can stand him.”
However, in this case, it seems Diouf’s allegations are much more serious so we can imagine there might be some more back and forth before this one blows over.