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Steven Gerrard has no respect for former team-mate El-Hadji Diouf

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Steven Gerrard played with some incredibly talented footballers at Liverpool; Xabi Alonso, Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, the list goes on.

But there were also some underwhelming signings during his time at Anfield and, according to Gerrard himself, none more so than El-Hadji Diouf.

Diouf joined the Reds for £10 million in 2002, fresh off the back of an impressive World Cup showing, helping Senegal to the quarter-finals.

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Despite getting off to an impressive start at Liverpool, Diouf's time in a red shirt descended into turmoil and he left the club having scored a miserly six goals in 79 appearances.

The Senegalese forward hit the headlines after he spat at a Celtic fan during a UEFA Cup match and Gerrard says he has no respect for his former team-mate.

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In his new book, My Story - serialised by the Mail - he said: "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."

Playing at a club like Liverpool can mould you into a hero among the Anfield faithful; the likes of Alonso, Suarez and Gerrard will always be remembered by fans.

But Diouf is one the supporters are quick to forget. Despite giving his all on the pitch he never endeared himself to the Liverpool fans and his move to Bolton Wanderers in 2005, was greeted with relief.

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