Thursday Apr 23, 2020. 12:00
Ex-Liverpool FC striker Florent Sinama Pongolle has opened up about what transpired between El Hadji Diouf and Steven Gerrard.
Former Senegal international Diouf was on the books of Liverpool between 2002 and 2005, and he had a poor relationship with one of his former teammates, Gerrard.
According to French player Pongolle, who was teammates with the duo at the English giants, Diouf used to ask then-manager Gerard Houllier to translate his expletives.
“[It was] half-time of a pre-season game… fight between Diouf and Gerrard. I was traumatised,” Pongolle said on Instagram Live Session.
“Can you imagine the young ones seeing this and thinking that’s what professionals are like at that level?
“At half-time, in the dressing room, Stevie G is all like, ‘you have to pass, you have to pass’ – and [Diouf] just loses it,” he continued.
“He didn’t speak English, his English was rubbish, so you know what he did? They hated each other so much…
“Steven Gerrard arrives and he insults Diouf: ‘Hey, you f*cker’.
“And Diouf couldn’t answer, so he grabs Gerard Houllier and says: ‘Tell him I’ll f*ck his mother!’. He came in and said: ‘I’m not his mate, I’ll do him in straight away’.”
After scoring a mere six goals in 80 appearances with only three in the league, Diouf left Liverpool for fellow English club Bolton Wanderers in 2005.