Senegalese striker and Leeds United players El-Hadji Diouf has lashed out at England and Liverpool striker Steve Gerrard terming him as self-centered.
While exuding the same characteristics in an interview with French sports daily, Diouf described his former teammates as a selfish player who many players dreaded to work with.
- I respect him as a footballer, but there is nobody more egotistical than him. He does not care about others. I spoke to the major figures at Liverpool and nobody can stand him. And I am not talking about Carragher.
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- I have done things but others have done worse. I am an easy target, people talk about me no matter what, he added in an interview posted on sportinglife.com.
- All I am worried about is the Senegal team. I took them to the World Cup quarter-finals in 2002. I was in Pele's 100 players of the century. Not him [Gerrard].
Diouf was reacting to comments in Gerrard’s 2007 autobiography that described him [Diouf] as having a totally wrong attitude towards others and the team.
- I wasn't Diouf's number one fan. Being around Melwood and Anfield I knew which players were hungry and which players had Liverpool at heart. Diouf was just interested in himself, wrote Gerrard.