El-Hadji Diouf has said possibly the worst thing an ex-Liverpool player could – that he wishes he had joined Manchester United instead of the Reds.
Diouf has never been one to shy away for controversy, but his latest comments will perhaps make him unwelcome on Merseyside as he revealed he ‘regretted’ wearing the Liverpool shirt and instead should have signed for United.
Gary Neville recently said that as a United player you never sign for Liverpool or Leeds, and that sentiment is surely replicated on Merseyside.
So Diouf’s latest comments will not make him popular at his former club, but may have gained him some new fans in Manchester.
Diouf joined Liverpool for €15m in 2002 from Lens, scoring six times in 80 appearances. He left Anfield in 2005 for Bolton after a successful loan spell with the Trotters.
Speaking to RMC Sport’s Footisme show, as quoted by SportWitness, Diouf said: “I can say today that the shirt that I regret wearing the most was Liverpool’s.
“If I were to do that part of my career again, I would have gone to FC Barcelona or Manchester United.
“At the time, they wanted me too.”
Diouf later represented Sunderland, Blackburn, Rangers, Doncaster and Leeds, before retiring in 2016.