Former Liverpool striker El-Hadji Diouf has sparked a fan frenzy after suggesting that recently retired club legend Steven Gerrard 'was nothing' during his time at the Reds in an bizarre rant on live television.
Gerrard called time on his playing days on Thursday, after finishing his contract with MLS side LA Galaxy, and has received masses of tributes from former teammates, opponents and managers alike, praising the former England captain on his impact on the pitch for both club and country.
However, according to an interview on
"When I arrived I showed him he was nothing at all. He was nothing at all," said Diouf.
"I asked him to tell me in which big competition, Euros or World Cup, people think about him.
"There were some brown-nosers, who went to the manager to repeat what I said," Diouf continued.
"That was the real problem. When Gerrard did that, we had an argument, like real men.
"That is why he does not like me. He knows I say what I think, that when it is not right, no problem, I am up for it.
"He could not, he was afraid of looking into my eyes. He was afraid of talking to me."
Diouf, who retired to much less fanfare in 2015, spent three years at Liverpool, where scored just three Premier League goals, before leaving for Bolton Wanderers.
Twitter has unsurprisingly reacted to the 35-year-olds rant against Gerrard and didn't have much sympathy for the Senegalese striker:
El-Hadji Diouf "I showed Steven Gerrard he was nothing when I arrived at Liverpool, and he asked for my shirt" pic.twitter.com/qFnmKi7SRx— Andy Castell (@AJ3) November 25, 2016
El Hadji Diouf attacks Gerrard again. Arsenal great, Emmanuel Petit "I cannot let you say that about Gerrard , he was an immense player." 👍— The30Duke (@DukeLFC) November 25, 2016
El Hadji Diouf "he [Gerrard] couldn't look me in the eye, he was scared of me!"— Con (@ConsFootball) November 25, 2016
Yeah looks petrified mate x pic.twitter.com/EDbIJk46IS
Most interestingly another ex-Liverpool star John Arne Riise got in on the act and no guessing whose side he chose:
Diouf talking again 🙈Zzzzz.. Like Gerrard was afraid of looking into his eyes and talking to him😂Yeah good one dude. 50/50 tackle please— John Arne Riise (@JARiiseOfficial) November 25, 2016