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El Hadji Diouf: Steven Gerrard is an egomaniac, everyone hates him


El Hadji Diouf has claimed major figures at Liverpool "cannot stand" Steven Gerrard and that the club captain cares only about himself.

The Leeds United forward Diouf, who played for Liverpool between 2002 and 2004, gave an interview to French daily newspaper L'Equipe in which he defended himself against his bad-boy reputation and hit out at his former Anfield team-mate.

Diouf said: "Gerrard was jealous of me back then as I had the world at my feet. There's no one more selfish... he doesn't care about anyone else. 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."

Diouf has had a controversial career since coming to English football in 2002. He was embroiled in spitting controversies while at both Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers, and at Blackburn Rovers he was accused of taunting Jamie Mackie as the Queen's Park Rangers forward lay on the ground with a broken leg.

In Gerrard's 2007 autobiography, the midfielder wrote: "I wasn't Diouf's No 1 fan.

"I knew which players were hungry, which players had Liverpool at heart. Diouf was just interested in himself."