By Harvey Byrne
Sadio Mane has named former controversial Liverpool man El Hadji Diouf as one of his heroes, and Reds supporters aren’t happy on Twitter.
The 24-year-old winger was named on the shortlist for BBC African Footballer of the Year alongside Andre Ayew, Riyhad Mahrez, Yaya Toure and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Upon being nominated for the award, Mane is quoted by the official Match of the Day Twitter account as saying: “El Hadji Diouf is one of my heroes….. I’ll win it one day like him.”
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) November 12, 2016
Diouf, 35, is from Senegal like Mane and he won the award in 2002 following an impressive World Cup in South Korea and Japan, which also saw him earn a transfer to the Reds.
However, his off the pitch and on the pitch demeanour meant he never fulfilled his true potential and he left Anfield permanently three years later to move to Bolton.
He has since made comments towards club legends Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, which have not been received well by supporters and fans are now disappointed by Mane on social media.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— L.A. Yoid (@layiddo) November 12, 2016
— Si (@SiWard2505) November 12, 2016
@BBCMOTD Ffs Mane!
— Nypanx (@KristofferNypan) November 12, 2016
@DaveOCKOP I hope he was sarcastic
— MA (@M7ABKH) November 12, 2016
@DaveOCKOP Still a lot to learn
— Trevor Hawthorne (@HawthorneTrevor) November 12, 2016
The only man in history to have El Hadji Diouf as his hero. https://t.co/DxAxrXoeoI
— Dylan Smart (@DylanSmart1995) November 12, 2016
Mane made a big money £34million switch to Merseyside from Southampton in the summer and he has established himself as an instant star playing 11 times and scoring six goals.
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