Sadio Mane has come under fire by Liverpool fans on social media after posting a gym photo from Instagram featuring controversial former forward El-Hadji Diouf.
Mane – currently on international service with Senegal – is considered one of the Reds’ most successful acquisitions, with 93 goals for the club and has won the Premier League and Champions League since moving from Southampton in 2016.
Countryman Diouf’s stint at Liverpool, however, was much less fruitful after his arrival from Lens in 2002, scoring just six goals in 79 games and having been involved in a series of rows with club legend Steven Gerrard during and after his two years at Merseyside before joining a move sealed. to Bolton.
Sadio Mane (right) has been blasted by Liverpool fans after posting a gym photo to Instagram featuring controversial former forward El-Hadji Diouf (left)
The duo were joined by sports coach Vega Lumiere (center) for a session in the gym
Now Mane, 28, has made sure that Liverpool Twitter followers have slapped him after posting two topless photos featuring Diouf, 40, alongside the caption, ‘Featuring the best player in the history of our beloved country’.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘He is [the] worst ever signing by LFC, disrespectful mean player, I wonder why Mane would do this? ‘
Another supporter was left stunned, adding: “I still think it’s crazy every day how Sadio Mané idolizes El-Hadji Diouf.”
Another Twitter user pointed out how Liverpool fans showed their disapproval on Instagram, after another commented on the post, “ Use me as a dislike button for El-Hadji Diouf, ” with the comment having over 700 likes at the time got.
Mane is considered one of Liverpool’s best buys and has won the Premier League
However, Diouf struggled in his two years at Anfield and clashed with Steven Gerrard – they can be seen here in opposition in 2010 when Diouf had started playing for Blackburn Rovers.
They also feared what the duo had discussed, adding: ‘You can’t help but assume that Diouf at some point insulted Liverpool against Mane.
He clearly looks up at him. I hope Mane is smart enough to understand his impact on Liverpool compared to Diouf’s poisonous bulls ***. ‘
Diouf’s animosity towards Gerrard is believed to have started when the Liverpool legend and current Rangers boss admitted he disagreed with the forward.
“I wasn’t Diouf’s number one fan,” Gerrard wrote in his 2007 autobiography.
‘Around Melwood and Anfield, I knew which players were hungry, which players had Liverpool at heart. Diouf was just interested in himself.
His attitude was all wrong. I felt he didn’t really like putting his body on the line to get Liverpool back on top. ‘
About five years later, Diouf replied, ‘Gerrard was jealous of me at the time because I had the world at my feet. No one is selfish anymore … he doesn’t care about anyone else.
Gerrard would have preferred Liverpool to lose and he scored. The old guys from Liverpool can’t stand him. I won’t even start [Jamie] Carragher. ‘
In 2015, he made the scandalous claim that Gerrard “ never liked black people, ” which the former Reds captain immediately refuted.
A decade after Gerrard’s initial remarks, Diouf launched an attack on the former England midfielder’s international record, telling the BBC, ‘I have no problem with it. [Gerrard]
‘He is a strong character and I am a strong character. Stevie G was a very good player. People like him in Liverpool, but he’s never done anything for his country.
“I’m Mr. El Hadji Diouf, Mr. Senegal, but he’s Mr. Liverpool and Senegal is bigger than Liverpool and he should know that.”
Last year, Florent Sinama Pongolle recalled the time when the pair nearly ran into trouble during a pre-season exhibition game, with Diouf asking then-manager Gerard Houllier to tell Gerrard he had ‘fucked his mother’ . before adding, “I’d bring it in right away.”
Diouf scored just six goals in 79 appearances for Liverpool before moving to Bolton
But despite his troubles with former Reds stars, Diouf is still highly regarded by current Anfield heroes like Mane, who described his countryman as his ‘idol’.
‘When I was young I had a lot of favorite footballers, but Ronaldinho was my real favorite, along with El-Hadji Diouf from Senegal,’ he told Bleacher’s Report in 2018.
‘They really inspired me. Those two players were examples for me as a football player. They were skilled players and good dribblers who easily defeated their opponents.
“It’s all about scoring and scoring goals for the team, like my idols did when they were at the peak of their strength.”
Diouf recently took a swipe at Gerrard’s English record, saying he had never done anything for them