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Blackburn boss Allardyce slams Liverpool over Diouf treatment

Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce has slammed Liverpool over their treatment of El Hadji Diouf.

Allardyce, who rescued Diouf from his Merseyside hell when he was boss at Bolton, revealed that the striker still feels that Liverpool let him down.

"He does get on our nerves, though," Allardyce said. "Mind you, he gets on everyone's nerves but I don't think he's got an evil bone in his body. I think I understand him more than most of the other managers who have ever worked with him. I understand him as a ­human ­being, rather than just a ­footballer.

"I know where he has come from, how he evolved and how he developed. Understanding players is very important in terms of ­man-management and to get the best out of players. Diouf came out of Anfield looking a complete write-off. A complete waste of money for them. But I think they should have persevered with him for a bit ­longer. He got cast off very quickly.

"He didn't really get the sort of back-up service you would have expected at a club like ­Liverpool. Talking to him, he said he was left on his own far too much to do what he wanted in a strange country.

"I think he got lost in that. Off-the-field activities are critical to the integration of your players into the team and Liverpool, after speaking to Dioufy, slipped up in that ­department. He never really knew where he should live. He never really knew about the financial and banking side of it. Dioufy had the opportunity to be a big star at Liverpool but he lost his way.

"He still feels let down by them. He felt he didn't get the support he thought he was ­going to get. But he recaptured ­everything when he came to Bolton. We looked after him. He resurrected his career with me at Bolton and is still playing at the top level.

"He's playing really well for us and hopefully he can go to Liverpool and show them what they're missing."

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