Liverpool captain Gerrard brushes off Ferguson book comments

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has dismissed criticism from former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson by insisting the thoughts of his current manager at club level, Brendan Rodgers, and England boss Roy Hodgson mean more, ESPN has reported.

Ferguson claimed in his autobiography that Gerrard was never a player at the very highest level – and also that he attempted to sign the midfielder for United. Gerrard was one of a number of figures associated with Liverpool that came under fire from Ferguson, including Jordan Henderson, Kenny Dalglish and Rafael Benitez.

But in an interview with the Daily Mail, Gerrard responded. “Listen, he’s entitled to his opinion. I’m a fan of his; he is one of the best managers in the world,” he said, before adding: “I won’t lose any sleep over it. Throughout my career I have had praise from all types of people – including him – and I am not vain enough to take it all.

I have had some unbelievable praise from him and he tried to buy me, certainly on one occasion. Maybe even two. For me, the most important thing is what Brendan Rodgers and Roy Hodgson are thinking. I think they are really pleased with me and that is all I will worry about.

Gerrard will skipper England against Chile on Friday and Germany on Tuesday, adding two more caps to his name. The 33-year-old recently pass the 100-cap mark and will match the tally of World Cup winning-captain Bobby Moore with an appearance against the South Americans, having made his international bow in 2000 in a pre-Euro 2000 friendly with Ukraine.

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