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El-Hadji Diouf: Steven Gerrard was afraid of me

El-Hadji Diouf

El-Hadji Diouf has launched a new attack on Steven Gerrard while appearing on a French television show.

The 35-year-old, who played for Liverpool between 2002 and 2005, bizarrely claimed that Gerrard was afraid to look him in the eyes whenever they came face-to-face.

Diouf, the only Liverpool No 9 in the club’s history to go the entire season without scoring a goal, said: “People told me at Liverpool, there was some guys you could not touch, but I touched them. That is why it was complicated for me,.

“When I arrived I showed him he was nothing at all. He was nothing at all. I asked him to tell me in which big competition, Euros or World Cup, people think about him.”

At this point, former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit interjected and asked if he was referring to Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.

Diouf responded: “I do. Stevie G and Jamie Carragher, the two scousers.”

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Petit tried to defend Gerrard by referencing the Champions League final but as he was unable to remember the exact year, Diouf interrupted him.

“Here is the proof, even you cannot remember,” said the retired Senegalese footballer.

“You are talking about Euros and World Cup. Today I owe you respect (Petit), I owe respect to Mr Zidane because you did win the World Cup” but Petit interrupted him again, adding: “I cannot let you say that about Steven Gerrard, he was an immense player.”

Diouf then claimed he respected Gerrard as a player but not as a man.

“I repeat. I respect the player, very big player, but the man, I do not respect. And I told him, I let him know that,” he said.

“With all my respect I let him know. For me in Liverpool, he was not just a player like anyone else. He had to work and play his football as I had to work and play my football.

“Then as you know, there were some brown-nosers, who went to the manager to repeat what I said. That was the real problem. When Gerrard did that, we had an argument, like real men.

“That is why he does not like me. He knows I say what I think, that when it is not right, no problem, I am up for it.

“He could not, he was afraid of looking into my eyes. He was afraid of talking to me.

“Let’s not forget when I arrived I did not ask for his shirt. He asked for my Senegal shirt for one of his mates.”

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