Former Liverpool player El Hadji Diouf spoke in the aftermath of Steven Gerald’s retirement from football, talking about the Liverpool legend being scared of him.
The Liverpool legend Steven Gerald put an end to his career and it has been topic of much discussion as players and managers have been having their say on it.
El Hadji Diouf was at Liverpool for two years and had been known to be critical of Gerald in the past.
“When I arrived, I showed him that he was nothing,” he told SFR Sport.
“I asked him, ‘What great competition have you played and where do people remember you?’ It wasn’t [Zinedine] Zidane.
“The player, I respect him. He’s a great player. But the man and the person not. I let him know.
“For me, he was a player like everyone else. He had to keep up well, and play as he knew how to do, but don’t go to the coach to report what happens in the dressing room.”
Diouf believes Gerrard became scared of him, adding: “He knows that I don’t mince words.
“He did not look in my eyes because he was afraid. And he was afraid to speak to me.
“And when I arrived at Liverpool, it was he who asked me for my jersey, not the opposite.”
John Riise another player to have played with Gerald at Liverpool laughed off Diouf’s claims via twitter.
Riise said: “Diouf talking again Zzzzz.. Like Gerrard was afraid of looking into his eyes and talking to him – Yeah good one dude.
Diouf talking again 🙈Zzzzz.. Like Gerrard was afraid of looking into his eyes and talking to him😂Yeah good one dude. 50/50 tackle please
— John Arne Riise (@JARiiseOfficial) November 25, 2016