​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 French TV channel SFR Sport, via the ​Daily Mail, former Merseyside teammate and controversial figure Diouf has slammed the Anfield hero for his achievements during a 19-year career with Liverpool and England, and suggested that he has no respect for the person he is, despite commending him as a player.

"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. 

"I repeat. I respect the player, very big player, but the man, I do not respect. And I told him, I let him know that."

Diouf also reflected on Gerrard's actions on the training ground, suggesting the 36-year-old was a suck-up to then coach Gerard Houllier, and would never look him in the eyes.

"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:


Most interestingly another ex-Liverpool star John Arne Riise got in on the act and no guessing whose side he chose: