‘Tell him I’ll f*ck his mother!’ – Diouf vs Gerrard’s explosive fight revealed by ex-Liverpool man
During his three-year stint at Anfield, the Senegalese star was involved in a dressing room brawl with the former England player.
Florent Sinama Pongolle, an ex-Liverpool striker, has revealed details of an intense spat between El Hadji Diouf and captain Steven Gerrard, revealing that the forward’s English was so awful that he asked then-manager Gerard Houllier to translate his expletives.
Diouf, who was never far from controversy during his playing career, joined Liverpool in 2002 after a spectacular spell at Lens, but his tenure at Anfield was short-lived, with only three EPL appearances in 55 appearances, and he was finally moved to Bolton.
Goals may have been few during his tenure in England, but the drama was not; the former Senegal international was fined multiple times for inappropriate behaviour, including spitting at opposing fans.
Diouf had a chilly relationship with Gerrard, revealing in the past that he treated the Liverpool legend like “nothing” upon his arrival, maintaining that he appreciated the player “but not the guy” and that the now-Rangers boss wouldn’t look him in the eyes “because he was terrified.”
Sinama Pongolle, a youngster in Houllier’s squad at the time, witnessed the pair’s squabbles firsthand and disclosed specifics of one particularly intense argument during a pre-season match break.
“[It was] half-time of a pre-season game… fight between Diouf and Gerrard. I was traumatised,” the 35-year-old said during an Instagram live session. “Can you imagine the young ones seeing this and thinking that’s what professionals are like at that level?
“At half-time, in the dressing room, Stevie G is all like, ‘you have to pass, you have to pass’ – and [Diouf] just loses it. He didn’t speak English, his English was rubbish, so you know what he did? They hated each other so much…
“Steven Gerrard arrives and he insults Diouf: ‘Hey, you f*cker’. And Diouf couldn’t answer, so he grabs Gerard Houllier and says: ‘Tell him I’ll f*ck his mother!’. He came in and said: ‘I’m not his mate, I’ll do him in straight away.”
And speaking to So Foot this time around, he continued with the abuse towards Gerrard, stating: “Steven Gerrard is a great club player but an egotist. He didn’t care about Liverpool winning – all that mattered for him was getting on the scoresheet.”
Diouf then hit back in a chat with So Foot magazine in France, calling out Carragher for the comments he made by saying: “The difference between Jamie and me is that I am a world-class player and he is a s***.
“The type of s*** that writes a book and mentions me all the time.
“Me, in my book, he does not warrant one phrase: he’s a f****** loser.”
That came after Gerrard wrote in his 2007 autobiography: “I wasn’t Diouf’s number one fan.
Diouf on Carragher:
It escalated when Carragher was asked who was the worst footballer he played alongside in 2015.
He said: “The worst has to be El Hadji Diouf.
“Actually, I quite enjoyed playing against him as you could kick him then, can’t kick your own players.”
While he didn’t mince his words when it came to Sky Sports commentator Carragher, he did call him a “turkey,” which is appropriate for the season. The rest of his remarks, on the other hand, were a little less witty.
He said: “The person I would least want to spend Christmas with is Jamie Carragher. I hate him. He was the biggest turkey I’ve seen on a pitch. I found him useless.”
Diouf on Neil Lennon
He wasn’t done there either, believe it or not. He then shifted his focus to current Bolton manager Neil Lennon, claiming that he had disliked him since his Liverpool days as well. When Lennon was Celtic’s manager and Diouf was playing for Rangers in an Old Firm game in 2011, the two collided.
However, Diouf added: “I didn’t know Neil Lennon but saw his face and have always hated him. He was at Celtic and I was at Rangers and the two clubs were at war with each other.
“He is a d***head and I’ve never liked him. At the end of the Liverpool-Celtic game in the UEFA Cup, he asked me for my shirt but I never gave it to him. I would still not give him it today.”
Despite the unfavourable publicity surrounding Diouf, the attacker was twice awarded African Player of the Year and went on to play for Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers, Rangers, and Leeds United before retiring in 2015.
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