Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard did nothing for England, claims former teammate El Hadji Diouf


London: Controversial ex-Senegalese international El Hadji Diouf on Monday reignited his long running feud with former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard by declaring the England icon was a failure for his country.

Diouf, who spent an unsuccessful spell at Liverpool which prompted Gerrard to criticise him in his autobiography 10 years ago and sparked the war of words, told the BBC that Gerrard was a very good player but for his club not his country.

FILE - In this Liverpool's Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring against Leicester during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Liverpool at King Power Stadium, in Leicester, England. Gerrard, the former Liverpool and England captain, announced his retirement from professional soccer on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 and said he is considering a "number of options" about his next career move. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)

File photo of Steven Gerrard. AP

The two-time African Footballer of the Year, who then spent further mediocre spells with other British clubs like Leeds United, Rangers and Bolton, said by comparison he is 'Mr Senegal'

"I have no problem with him. He is a strong character and I am a strong character," the 36-year-old said.

"'Stevie G' was a very good player. People like him in Liverpool, but he never did anything for his country.

"I am Mr El Hadji Diouf, Mr Senegal, but he is Mr Liverpool and Senegal is bigger than Liverpool and he has to know that," added Diouf, who was a member of the Senegal side that reached the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals but also was banned by his own federation for five years in 2011 although that was later reduced.


The feud between Diouf and Gerrard began when the latter, who was capped 114 times but never won a trophy, wrote he "wasn't Diouf's number 1 fan".

"I knew which players were hungry, which players had Liverpool at heart. Diouf was just interested in himself. His attitude was all wrong," said Gerrard.


Published Date: Jun 26, 2017 07:39 pm | Updated Date: Jun 26, 2017 07:39 pm



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