The Most Hated Liverpool Player Ever? Loathed Striker Stokes Fires Again With Latest Comments
El Hadji Diouf is a player people love to hate, even supporters of his former clubs struggled to warm to him, and in some cases, he’s absolutely loathed.
Controversy follows Diouf everywhere he goes, and you get the feeling he loves it.
One place he’s particularly unpopular is Liverpool, where he spent two largely forgettable seasons, 2002-2004, before he was shipped off to Bolton.
Diouf joined Liverpool on the back of his stellar performances at the 2002 World Cup, but despite a bright start, fans quickly became frustrated with his poor attitude and apparent disinterest, while his form wasn’t great either, scoring just six goals for the Merseyside club.
Let’s not forget that this is also a player who spat at Celtic fans during a UEFA Cup quarter-final, while later in his career he infamously spat in the face of former Portsmouth captain Arjan De Zeeuw.
Now, in an interview on RMC's Footisme - quotes via Get French Football News - the 37-year-old was asked to name the club he regretted playing for...
“I can say today that the shirt that I regret wearing the most was Liverpool’s, because if I were to do that part of my career again, I would have gone to FC Barcelona or Manchester United. At the time, they wanted me too.”
Not only has he slammed Liverpool, once again, but he’s stated that he would rather have played for their fierce rivals Man Utd. Although, in fairness, Reds fans would rather he’d never joined the club in the first place.
In the past Liverpool legends Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard have both been extremely damning of Diouf. Carragher labelled him the worst player he’s ever played alongside, while Gerrard revealed in his autobiography:
“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 arsed about putting his body on the line to get Liverpool back at the top.”