By Emma Sanders
John Arne Riise has hit back on Twitter at El Hadj Diouf after he had another dig at Steven Gerrard on the day of the Liverpool legend’s retirement.
Retired striker Diouf was hugely critical of Gerrard and described him as “nothing” and someone who “was afraid of looking into my eyes” during an appearance on French TV channel SFR Sport.
Riise laughed at Diouf’s comments in a post on Twitter and referred to them as sleep-inducing as he insisted that Gerrard was certainly not afraid to confront his outspoken former Liverpool teammate.
“When I arrived I showed him he was nothing at all. He was nothing at all. I asked him to tell me in which big competition, Euros or World Cup, people think about him,” said Diouf, as quoted by The Independent.
“I respect the player, but the man, I do not respect. And I told him, I let him know that.”
The announcement of Gerrard’s retirement on Thursday kick-started messages of tribute, support and congratulations from all around the footballing world.
It is not the first time Diouf has aired words of criticism and there have been several instances in the past when the duo have exchanged a war of words.
Gerrard recently wrote in his autobiography, which was released in 2015, that Diouf “did not care about football and about Liverpool.”
The former Liverpool skipper is considered one of the club’s greatest players and made 710 appearances before making the switch to LA Galaxy at the end of his career.
He famously captained the side to one of the most dramatic comebacks in football history during the 2005 Champions League final, before lifting the FA Cup the year afterwards in the “Gerrard final.”
Diouf was a flop at Liverpool after joining in 2002 for £10 million and remains the only number nine in the club’s history to go an entire season without scoring a goal.
Both Riise and Gerrard are huge fan favourites and Diouf is not well-liked among Liverpool supporters so Riise was praised heavily for his remarks on Twitter.
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