Steven Gerrard has rejected the advice of Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave Liverpool for club of greater standing, with the Reds' skipper claiming he is already at one of the top sides in the world.
Ibrahimovic and Gerrard will be rival captains on Wednesday when England face Sweden in a friendly in Stockholm, and the former lavished praise on the latter as the Liverpool legend prepares to make his 100th international appearance.
Former Barcelona and AC Milan star Ibrahimovic still regards Gerrard, 32, as one of the top players in Europe and, while he sees Liverpool as a top club, believes the Anfield legend has the ability to test himself on the continent.
"Of course Liverpool are a big club but I’d like to see Steven at a big international club," said Ibrahimovic at a press conference.
"It would be good for England. It’s exciting when someone goes abroad. A great player can make a difference in any country."
Gerrard says the feeling of respect between himself and Ibrahimovic is mutual, but the midfielder is perfectly content with life at Liverpool, and has no desire to leave Anfield.
"I’m a big fan of Zlatan but I’m not going to take his advice. I’m at one of the world’s biggest clubs," Gerrard told reporters.
Gerrard has made 601 appearances for Liverpool, during which time he has scored 151 goals, since being awarded his Reds debut in the 1998-99 season and has outlined his wish to stay with the club for the remainder of his career.