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‘Jealous’ Steven Gerrard stopped Mario Balotelli from being a success at Liverpool, claims Diouf

Steven Gerrard is a jealous man who prevented Mario Balotelli from being a success at Liverpool, according to El-Hadji Diouf.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Steven Gerrard captain of Liverpool shakes hands with Mario Balotelli of Liverpool before the kick off of the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield on September 13, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The Italian was signed by Brendan Rodgers in a £16 million deal in 2014 but spent just one season at Anfield before returning to AC Milan on loan.

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Balotelli permanently left Liverpool this summer by moving to Nice on a free transfer and scored twice during his debut for the Ligue 1 side on Sunday.

And Diouf, who has previously branded Gerrard an ‘egotist’, believes his former team-mate is to blame for Balotelli’s failure at Anfield.

Seven minutes into his @ogcnice debut…Mario Balotelli opens his #Ligue1 account!🙌 https://t.co/9w1vfe5szN

— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) September 11, 2016

Super Mario indeed! Balotelli nods home his second goal on his @ogcnice debut!👊 #Ligue1 https://t.co/VhYYYiJ0Se

— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) September 11, 2016

‘I told him [Balotell] not to go to Liverpool,’ Diouf told L’Equipe.

‘It wasn’t made for him, that things couldn’t go well with Gerrard, who has never had his talent and then said negative things about him.

‘Gerrard is a jealous man who doesn’t like men of character. Mario is a good person that you should listen to. He’s not a guy who is going to cause problems in the dressing room.

‘There are a lot of things that have been made up about him. People tell tales about him, but they’re often a load of rubbish.’

2 Comments on ‘Jealous’ Steven Gerrard stopped Mario Balotelli from being a success at Liverpool, claims Diouf

  1. I don’t know about that

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  2. I think Balotelli is the major of his problem at Liverpool

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