'He woke me up at 2am with 10 women'

English Premier League

Two-time African Footballer of the Year El-Hadji Diouf was one of the most controversial figures in Liverpool history and a former teammate has shared an untold story about his eccentric behaviour.

Diouf joined the Premier League giants after the 2002 FIFA World Cup as the reigning African footballer of the Year in a reported £10-million transfer and was touted as the forward to help the Reds challenge Arsenal for the title.

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However, his stint on Merseyside was marred by off-the-field controversy and fallouts with club legends Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard before he was shipped out to Bolton for a cut-price fee.

Jon Otsemobor, a promising full-back in Gerrard Houllier's squad at the time, recalls a morning, just hours before training, where the former Senegal international arrived at his apartment unannounced.

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"When an older pro like that approaches you, you feel obliged," he told the Liverpool Echo about the incident when Diouf knocked on his door with a group of party-goers, which were mostly women.

"I was still a young lad and I was just disappointed thinking he took my friendship and used it. I felt at the time, when I went into the dressing room, you can't just use me like that, I'm your friend.

"If he needed a place to stay and all that, fine, but I'm not hosting parties for all different people who were flying into the country every weekend!"

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The former England youth international went on to add the Diouf arrived at the club with a 'God-like' persona and was clearly treated differently at his former club's which 'could have' come across as arrogance.

"Other than that [the arrogance] though, I know a few other lads in the dressing room didn't like him, but I never had a problem with him," Otsemobor said.

"He did, at times, come across arrogant but don't get me wrong, he was a good footballer. I think from where he was in Senegal, and the upbringing he came through, he was looked upon as a God over there."

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