Steven Gerrard is likely to take legal action against his former team-mate El Hadji Diouf after the Senegalese striker accused him of being racist, reports the Telegraph.
Yesterday, Diouf, one of our most odious signings of the Premier League era, responded outrageously to claims made by his ex-captain Gerrard in a soon to be released book ‘My Story’.
Gerrard said he had no respect for Diouf whatsoever, but Diouf’s rebuttal sent the media into overdrive.
“We all saw how he made life difficult for Mario Balotelli in Liverpool,” Diouf told Senegalese radio station Radio Future Media.
“I warned him. Liverpool are not a team that welcomes blacks unless they are British. Otherwise, you have no chance. This is common knowledge.
“Gerrard has never liked black people. When I was in Liverpool, I showed him that I was black, I’m not English, but I will not let him walk all over me. All the time I spent there, he never dared to look me in the eye.”
Fans of Liverpool and supporters everywhere read the quotes with mouths wide open.
Gerrard is one of the most respected footballers of the modern era, and not just for what he’s done on the pitch, and Diouf’s claims are undeniably libellous.
We’d love to see him beat Diouf in court, and shut the deluded ‘player’ up once and for all.
However, the timing of Gerrard’s book is not actually doing the club any favours…
Quotes about former bosses Rafa Benitez and Brendan Rodgers are argumentative and spicy and best, and with Liverpool in such turmoil, it’s the last thing we really need from our former captain.