El Hadji Diouf claims Steven Gerrard is jealous of him

A row has flared up between Diouf and Gerrard
A row has flared up between Diouf and Gerrard

El Hadji Diouf has been saying some crazy stuff about his former team-mate during a radio interview in his native Senegal.

The 34-year-old striker was on Dakar-based radio station Radio Futur Média responding to comments made about him in Gerrard's new autobiography, in which Gerrard accuses the striker of not caring about football.

The LA Galaxy player also says in his book: "I’ve got respect for (Mario) Balotelli; I’ve got none for Diouf."

This morning, Diouf responded with some over the top comments about the Liverpool legend: 

"Gerrard is just jealous. What I have done in football, he did not," claimed Diouf.

"When I came to Liverpool, I came up with the status of boss and he lives there. I am respected in world football, the greatest football experts have appointed me among the seven best players in the World Cup, the top 100 players of the century.

"There are many great players who do not belong. Everywhere I go out of my country, it worships me and him, wherever he goes outside his city of Liverpool, he will be insulted."

Diouf, now plying his trade in Malaysia, spent three years at Liverpool from 2002 to 2005, scoring three goals. His reputation in English football hit rock bottom when he was caught spitting at Celtic fans in March 2003.

Like Gerrard, he never won a league title in a major league in European football, while Gerrard won the Champions League in 2005, as well as eight other major honours in his Liverpool career.