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Diouf has pop at Liverpool skipper Gerrard

Leeds striker El-Hadji Diouf is critical of Steven Gerrard and claimed major figures at Liverpool "cannot stand" the current club captain. Diouf gave an interview to French sports daily L'Equipe in which he hit out at his former Anfield team-mate, who criticised him in his 2007 autobiography.

Gerrard wrote: "I wasn't Diouf's number one fan. Being around Melwood and Anfield I knew which players were hungry, which players had Liverpool at heart. Diouf was just interested in himself.

"His attitude was all wrong. I felt he wasn't really a***d about putting his body on the line to get Liverpool back at the top."

Diouf said: "What he said is only of interest to him.

"All I worried about was 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.

"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 (Jamie) Carragher."

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