Former Senegal international, El Hadji Diouf has reiterated his regrets at joining Liverpool ahead of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Diouf laments that he should have headed to Manchester United or Barcelona instead.

The controversial attacker was a hot property back in 2002 with Gerard Houllier snapping him up that summer.

Diouf, 37 went on to star for his country at the World Cup in Japan and South Korea after signing for the Reds, with much buzz surrounding his arrival at Merseyside. However, he flopped, recording just six goals in his maiden campaign and zero in his second.

Although, he did make impact with Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers, he missed out on his big break.

Queried by RMC Sport on his biggest regret, Diouf puts: “I would say Liverpool.

“Because if I had the chance again I would go to Manchester United or Barcelona. At the time they wanted me also.”

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Twice named the African Footballer of the Year, Diouf is held in high regard by those in Africa.

Furthermore, the player, who also plied his trade in the French Ligue 1 with Lens passed comment on Paris Saint-Germain youngster, Kylian Mbappe.

At just 19 years of age, the exciting Frenchman is already a two-time Ligue 1 champion and World Cup winner. Many expect a great future for Mbappe, and Diouf warns him against taking inspiration from a club colleague:

“If I was to give Kylian Mbappe one piece of advice, it would be to not be like Neymar Jr. and more like Cristiano Ronaldo.”

Mbappe has netted 14 times so far this season, with that return placing him ahead of Ronaldo’s 11-goal haul at Juventus and one behind Neymar’s return for Lens passed comment on Paris Saint-Germain. He is also the inaugural winner of the Kopa Trophy.

 

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