Undoubtedly the main football news this week revolved around retiring Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.
After Gerrard announced his retirement he received praise from famous players all over the world. Past players, current players, teammates, opponents, managers and fans expressed nothing but love and admiration for the Liverpool native after announcing his decision.
However, there was one person in particular who was having none of it and he goes by the name of El Hadji Diouf. Even though Diouf played with Gerrard at Liverpool, it is a well-known fact that the pair were not huge fans of each other.
In the Liverpool legend’s book, My Autobiography, released in 2007, Gerrard stated that he definitely ‘wasn’t Diouf’s number one fan’ and revealed that he ‘was just interested in himself’ and had little interest in Liverpool’s bid to reach their heights of 2005 again.
In Gerrard’s second autobiography, My Story, he spoke on the subject again:
“We finished the season in fifth place and Diouf had sealed his place at the top of the list of Liverpool signings I liked least.
“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.”
In the midst of Gerrard’s retirement, on a French TV show last Thursday, Diouf took Gerrard’s retirement as an opportunity to respond.
Unsurprisingly, he laid down another dig at Gerrard. Clearly, mocking Gerrard’s infamous slip at the tail end of Liverpool’s 2015 title race wasn’t enough.
Since this latest outburst, many fans of Gerrard have responded. The best one, however, came on Friday from former Liverpool teammate John Arne Riise.
Diouf talking again 🙈Zzzzz.. Like Gerrard was afraid of looking into his eyes and talking to him😂Yeah good one dude. 50/50 tackle please
— John Arne Riise (@JARiiseOfficial) November 25, 2016
In fairness, a 50/50 tackle between the pair is something that a lot of people would pay to see.
Jason Redmond, Pundit Arena
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