Monday Jun 08, 2020. 12:00
Legendary Senegalese forward El-Hadji was a bad influence during his time with Liverpool FC.
This is according to his former teammate at the Engish giants Jon Otsemobor, who revealed that he felt used by the two-time African Footballer of the Year.
Diouf and Otsemobor were both on the books of Liverpool between 2002 and 2005.
“Sem, open the door!. When an older pro like that approaches you, you feel obliged,” Otsemobor told Liverpool Echo.
Otsemobor estimates there were around 10 party-goers, mostly women, with Diouf according to the publication.
“I was still a young lad, and I was just disappointed thinking he took my friendship and used it. I felt at the time, when I went into the dressing room, you can’t just use me like that, I’m your friend.
“If he needed a place to stay and all that, fine, but I’m not hosting parties for all different people who were flying into the country every weekend!”
Retired right-back Otsemobor also disclosed that Diouf realized that he was now playing with better players at Liverpool after joining the club from French side Racing Lens in 2002.
“I know a few other lads in the dressing room didn’t like him, but I never had a problem with him,” said Otsemobor.
“He did, at times, come across arrogant but don’t get me wrong, he was a good footballer. I think from where he was in Senegal, and the upbringing he came through, he was looked upon as a God over there.
“He was doing well, outstanding at the World Cup before he came to Liverpool, and Liverpool paid £10m for him,” he added.
“I think he still had that persona about him, that God-like persona. When he came into the dressing room it wasn’t long before he found out there were a lot of other lads there either as good as him or better than him.
“Maybe he didn’t get the respect off some of them that he would have thought but I never seen him have bust-ups or arguments with anyone. I don’t recall any, anyway.”