When Steven Gerrard announced his retirement on Thursday, the footballing world didn’t hesitate to pay their tributes to an incredible player.
Social media was full of posts wishing him a happy retirement with former teammates writing emotional messages for Gerrard.
However, there was one former teammate that was in no mood to pay his respects to Gerrard.
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That man was, of course, El-Hadji Diouf.
Diouf appeared on French TV, alongside Emmanuel Petit, after Gerrard announced he was hanging up his boots. But if you thought the former Liverpool player would be there to tell some brilliant stories about the legendary midfielder, then think again.
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Diouf clearly had a problem with both Gerrard and Carragher whilst at Anfield and has spoken badly of the pair since he left Merseyside. And he did so once again during his appearance on French TV channel SFR Sport.
"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,” he said.
Petit couldn’t quite believe that Diouf was about to slam Gerrard and asked: “Are you talking about Steven Gerrard?”
Diouf replied: "I do. Stevie G and Jamie Carragher, the two scousers."
Diouf was then showed an extract of Gerrard’s 2015 autobiography, which read: "It seemed to me, Diouf did not care about football and about Liverpool."
Diouf reacted by saying: "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."
Petit tried pointing out that Gerrard had won the Champions League - but the former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder couldn’t quite remember which year he helped Liverpool overcome AC Milan.
Diouf interjected: "Here is the proof, even you cannot remember."
"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."
Petit hits back, telling Diouf: "I cannot let you say that about Steven Gerrard, he was an immense player."
But Diouf wasn’t finished. He said: "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.
"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."
We don’t think Diouf is going to get any support from anyone in the footballing world in his fight against Gerrard.