"I feel that I have become an international star, but less so than if I were European. African players are always less highly regarded. Gérard Houllier says that I would be one of the best players in the world if I was French or Brazilian."
Diouf in 2002
"By 14, I'd got into all the trouble there is. Everyone knew me to be a thug, and they were all scared of me."
El Hadji Diouf
"I explained to him the other day that a poor player gets the ball and passes it back, an average player gets the ball and passes it across, but a very good player gets the ball, dummies, and then gets forward. As I told him, 'You're a striker, so choose what you can do'."
Houllier in December 2002 on El-Hadji Diouf
"Since I was a kid, I have supported this team. I like the style of this team, they never give up - a little like me in fact. I came here to become a champion and that's what I'm concentrating on 100%."
El Hadji Diouf on his arrival to Liverpool
"Since Gregory Vignal went on loan, El-Hadji Diouf has become the worst dresser at the club. He comes out with some belting costumes so the lads are always giving him a bit of stick. He's a very popular lad already, and, thanks to our help, his English is getting better now and there are certain words he particularly likes. It's really funny to see him with a big smile on his face telling us the new words he's been taught."
"He is a big player. He is a fantastic individual player but I think he has to be incorporated into the team system and team pattern. The best passing teams win. El-Hadji Diouf is a fantastic player and a good dribbler. If you could incorporate some of the individual skill together with team play then Liverpool would have the benefit of a great player."
"My biggest disappointment has been El Hadji Diouf because he has great potential but has never shown consistency. On some occasions he has not given a good impression of the club, and that has no doubt in my mind affected people's views. It probably harmed me."
Houllier in May 2004
"El Hadji has all the skill in the world to become one of our most significant signings in the modern era of this great club. Last season he was a revelation and no one more than him relished the opportunity of resurrecting his career with us. We will give him the platform he needs to become one of Europe's top strikers again - that's how much confidence I have in the lad."
Bolton boss Sam Allardyce in June 2005 on the great (!) El Hadji Diouf
"Last season was my best spell for nearly five years and my time at The Reebok gave me an understanding that my career was going nowhere at Liverpool. I played with Bolton on a regular basis and helped them finish amongst the elite in The Premiership."
Diouf in June 2005
"The players Gerard bought in the summer of 2002 let him down. They were bad buys.
With Salif, I knew after a week of training that he wasn't going to be good enough. Diao's a good player, but not Liverpool class.
Diouf arrived with the most potential, and he ended up causing the most aggravation. As Gerard started playing him on the right. I knew he was a poor signing."
I wasn't Diouf's number one fan. Being 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 wasn't really arsed about putting his body on the line to get Liverpool back at the top."
Steven Gerrard on Diouf and Diao
"When I got to Liverpool everything the manager would say one thing to me and then he would go and do the opposite. I am the kind of person that doesn’t wait around. if something isn’t really working then I prefer to say so. it either works or I am out of there. and that’s what’s happened. There are more important things in life. I went to Liverpool, I don’t regret playing there, I won matches, I played for a great club, I played with great players, and I also earned a lot of money."
El Hadji Diouf sums up his Liverpool career
"He thinks he's a bit of a star doesn't he? But he has one of the worst strike rates of any forward in Liverpool history. He's the only no. 9 ever to go through a whole season without scoring , in fact he's probably the only no. 9 of any club to do that. He was always the last one to get picked in training."
Carragher is not a big fan of El Hadji Diouf