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'Good one Dude!' - Riise laughs off claims Gerrard was scared of Diouf

16:18 GMT 25/11/2016
John Arne Riise
The former Reds defender has taken to Twitter to hit back at his former colleague in claims the Liverpool great was too intimidated to look him in the eyes

John Arne Riise has laughed off claims Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was scared of former team-mate El Hadji Diouf, taking to Twitter to call for a 50/50 tackle between the pair.

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The Senegalese striker spent two seasons with Riise and Gerrard at Anfield and hit out at his former skipper following news of his retirement from professional football.

Diouf told SFR Sport.: "When I arrived, I showed him that he was nothing. I asked him, 'What great competition have you played and where do people remember you?' It wasn't [Zinedine] Zidane.

"The player, I respect him. He's a great player. But the man and the person not. I let him know. 

"For me, he was a player like everyone else. He had to keep up well, and play as he knew how to do, but don't go to the coach to report what happens in the dressing room."

Diouf didn't stop there, claiming that Gerrard was intimidated by the controversial striker, who retired from the game last year, saying: "He did not look in my eyes because he was afraid. And he was afraid to speak to me.

"And when I arrived at Liverpool, it was he who asked me for my jersey, not the opposite."

However former team-mate John Arne Riise has laughed off the comments, taking to his official Twitter account to mock his former colleague.

Riise said: "Diouf talking again Zzzzz.. Like Gerrard was afraid of looking into his eyes and talking to him - Yeah good one dude. 50/50 tackle please.

"I wasn't Diouf's number one fan,' the Liverpool captain wrote in his book. His attitude was all wrong. I felt he wasn't really a***d about putting his body on the line to get Liverpool back at the top."

"A few people have since asked me if I saw any comparison between Diouf and Mario Balotelli - and I've always said no. I've got respect for Balotelli; I've got none for Diouf," Gerrard later added in an interview."

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And Diouf has had his fair share of words on Gerrard previously stating that other Liverpool personnel weren't fans of the Reds legend.

"There is nobody more egotistical than him.

"He does not care about others," Diouf once told the press. "I spoke to the major figures at Liverpool and nobody can stand him. And I am not talking about Carragher."