He’s at it again – every now and then El Hadji-Diouf pipes up with some sort of nonsensical drivel about Liverpool or one of our players.
The former Senegalese international has spoken about the Reds’ being unable to topple Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title.
Liverpool registered 97 points throughout the campaign – the most ever accumulated by a team that didn’t go on to lift the trophy.
And Diouf has been talking about the Reds’ chances of going again next season, he doesn’t fancy their chances and thinks they’ll struggle.
“They were very good last season. I don’t think they are going to be able to play like that this season,” he told the Mirror.
“They missed the chance to win the title last season, because you know in football every season is different, and if you look at the way they went all out for it last season it will be impossible for them to do it again this season.
“That level they were last season was an unbelievable level and look at the way they lost it, with a point difference, so we have to be realistic to ourselves.
“They have great competitors in City, and they’ve long been a team that has fought so hard for the title, so for me I maintain that Liverpool will not be able to produce that level of performance they did last season.”
I wonder what happens when Diouf tries to have a conversation with Sadio Mane – there’s no way he rips into Liverpool the way he does in interviews when chatting to his fellow countryman.
The now 38-year-old Diouf played for the Reds between 2002 and 2005 and scored a gargantuan three goals in that time.