Liverpool fans have it out at Sadio Mane after he posted a shirtless gym picture with El-Hadji Diouf who endured a very difficult time at Anfield.
While Mane is widely regarded as one of the club’s best transfer purchases, Diouf’s time on Merseyside is seen far less positively.
Signed from Lens in 2002, Diouf endured a tumultuous time on Merseyside and has been involved in a series of bizarre swipes at Steven Gerrard since his departure.
The rivalry is said to have started when the Liverpool legend admitted he wasn’t the biggest fan of the controversial forward.
Diouf has since fired back, claiming Gerrard ‘never did anything for his country’: “I have no problem with [Gerrard],” he said back in 2017.
But with Mane back in Senegal on international duty, he has posted two pictures alongside the man he described as his footballing idol.
“When I was young, I had lots of favourite footballers, but Ronaldinho was my real favourite, along with El-Hadji Diouf from Senegal,” he told Bleacher.
Mane labelled Diouf as his footballing idol, pointing to his efforts in Senegal’s famous World Cup run in 2002.
He posted the picture to his Instagram, along with the caption: “With the best player in the history of our dear country”.
“One of the best LFC signings Vs Literally the worst LFC signing,” one said in reply.
Another joked: “Bet Gerrard will love you”, while a third replied: “This guy was one of the most overhyped and worst buys of Liverpool FC history”.
“I wouldn’t be hanging round with him,” a fourth posted. “I’m a huge Liverpool fan, the worst signing for me was Diouf, geezer had a bad attitude on and off the pitch, loved the day he left Anfield,” said another user.
“Love you bro, but this @elhadji_diouf11_officiel doesn’t respect the Liverpool GOAT, Stevie G,” a Reds fan concluded.