The midfielder had said that his former teammate was a flop with the Merseyside club, which the ex-Senegal international seems to have taken offence to. The forward has accused both the club and the player of disliking non-English, black footballers. He also believes that he is a more widely supported player than the Reds hero.
“Gerrard is just jealous of me. He hasn’t achieved what I have done in football. I arrived at Liverpool with the status of a big boss, and he just lived there. I am respected throughout world football.
“The greatest experts in the game have declared me one of the seven best players at a World Cup, and among the 100 best players of the century. There are lots of great players who are not on these lists. Everywhere I go away from my homeland people worship me — while Gerrard will get abuse whenever he leaves his home city of Liverpool.”
He continued: “He got England knocked out of the last World Cup, and it is his fault that Liverpool did not win the Premier League [in 2014]. Everybody could see how he made life difficult for Mario Balotelli at Liverpool. I warned him beforehand.
“Liverpool is not a club that welcomes black players, unless they are English — but if they are not they don’t stand a chance. It is common knowledge that Gerrard has never liked blacks. When I was at Liverpool I showed him that I was black, I wasn’t English, and I wasn’t going to take any nonsense.”
This claim doesn’t appear to have much evidence behind it, and will surely anger both the Reds and Gerrard with its connotations. The 34-year-old hasn’t reacted as of yet, but may feel it necessary to deny the accusations.
Gerrard has now left Liverpool, and is playing for MLS side LA Galaxy. The former England international has made a strong start, scoring in a 5-2 win over San Jose Earthquakes on his debut for the club. He is also alongside ex-Anfield man Robbie Keane at the American side.