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Emmanuel Petit shuts down El-Hadji Diouf during Steven Gerrard rant

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El-Hadji Diouf couldn't help but criticise Steven Gerrard while discussing his retirement in a recent interview with SFR Sport.

Alongside Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit, the former Liverpool striker ranted about how he refused to bow down to Gerrard when he signed in 2002.

He said: "They were all admiring Steven Gerrard, everyone in England, [but] when I arrived I showed him he was nothing at all. He was nothing at all.

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"I asked him to tell me in which big competition, Euros or World Cup, people think about him."

Diouf, who highlighted the fact Gerrard never won a major tournament at international level, also slammed the 36-year-old for being a "brown-noser".

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

"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."

Petit must have felt like a bystander during Diouf's speech, who persistently cut across the Frenchman and SFR's presenters whenever they tried to interject.

And then it happened. In the video below, at 3:09, Petit had clearly heard enough when Diouf said he didn't respect Gerrard because he failed to win the World Cup.

"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," the former striker said.

Petit then put his arm across Diouf and interrupted him mid-sentence to give the perfect response.

"I cannot let you say that about Steven Gerrard, he was an immense player."

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Diouf then appeared to retract his previous statement and instead claimed he does respect Gerrard - but only as a player.

"I repeat. I respect the player, very big player, but the man, I do not respect," he added. "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."

Diouf might not respect Gerrard as a man, but Petit has just earned the respect of every Liverpool supporter by shutting down the loud-mouthed 35-year-old.

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Steven Gerrard
UEFA Champions League
El-Hadji Diouf
Luis Suarez
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