Former Liverpool player blasts Steven Gerrard

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Steven Gerrard and Salif Diao of Liverpool show their dissapointment after conceding the winning goal during the FA Barclays Premiership match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 11, 2004 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Former Liverpool player Salif Diao has hit out at Reds legend Steven Gerrard for comments made in his 2015 autobiography.

The ex-Liverpool captain referred to the signings of Diao, El-Hadji Diouf and Bruno Cheyrou in 2002 as “probably the biggest waste of £18m in Liverpool’s history”.

Now, the Senegalese midfielder has hit back at Steven Gerrard, insisting he is not in a position to set the standard for the club.

“I have nothing against him but I think writing books and criticising your ex-teammates is really low,” he told the BBC.

“Who is he to say this player has a standard for Liverpool and that player doesn’t have the standard for Liverpool?

“I am very happy and proud to have played for Liverpool and I always gave 100 percent.

“Today the best reward I get is that everywhere I go in the world Liverpool fans say: ‘thank you Salif for what you did for the club.’”

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