The international break brings out all kinds of transfer rumours and weird news.
Case in point: That’s Sadio Mane looking shredded, alongside countryman and former Liverpool FC striker El-Hadji Diouf. The caption reads: “With the best player in the history of our dear country,”
Diouf is, of course, hated and infamous for his time at Anfield. Signed for £10million (then the club’s 2nd highest-ever transfer fee, and also signed over Nicolas Anelka who had just finished an impressive mid-season loan to Liverpool) after an impressive 2002 FIFA World Cup, he would go on to only score 3 goals in 55 games for the club. This included an abysmal 0 goals in his sophmore campaign, despite playing in 33 different matches across all competitions.
The lack of goals isn’t why he’s thoroughly despised by most Liverpool fans though:
In a UEFA Cup quarter-final tie, he spat on the opposing Celtic fans. Later, he was somehow accused of doing the same thing again towards West Ham supporters. After his spell, local legends Steven Gerrard revealed that he fought with Diouf in the changing rooms, while Jamie Carragher fumed at Diouf dancing through the car-park at Melwood after a defeat. Diouf has also lashed out at Liverpool FC after leaving - he’s expressed deep regret at his move to Merseyside, claiming he could have gone to Barcelona or Manchester United instead. He’s also claimed that Steven Gerrard was jealous of him.
Arguably the lowest point of his career came when he was at Queens Park Rangers, when he verbally abused striker Jamie Mackie, who was laying on the ground after suffering a broken leg. This led to then-manager and moral paragon Neil Warnock to call Diouf a “nasty little person” and “the lowest of the low”.
All in all, what I’m trying to say is enjoy the break Sadio... We know he’s a National Hero and all but don’t hang out too much with this guy, okay?