Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has responded to claims made by Sir Alex Ferguson in his new autobiography that Steven Gerrard isn’t a world class player.
Gerrard recently became only the 5th midfielder in Premier League history to reach 100 goals with his penalty against Newcastle.
However Ferguson claims in My Autobiography that he isn't a ‘top, top player’ and ‘seldom had a kick’ against Manchester United despite revealing he tried to sign the Liverpool skipper in 2005.
Rodgers, speaking on TalkSPORT this morning, described Ferguson’s comments as ‘harsh’ and believes the Liverpool midfielder deserves to be ranked amongst the world’s best.
“I think everyone who’s seen the comments will think they are harsh,” he said.
“I’ve watched Gerrard for many years and recognised he’s a top player but it’s only when you come in and work with the man that you realise how professional he is on a daily basis.
“His performance level at 33-years of age shows he’s a top, top player. He’s a great talent, a wonderful player and I don’t think anyone could argue against that.”
Revelations in Ferguson’s new book have dominated the headlines this week and caused a stir amongst some of his former Manchester United players.
Former Red Devils captain Roy Keane has hit back after he was strongly criticised for his actions in the build-up to his departure from Old Trafford in 2005.
Speaking on ITV on Tuesday, the former Irish international said: "I remember having conversations about loyalty when I was at the club. I don't think he knows the meaning of the word.
"To constantly criticise other players that brought him success… I won't be losing any sleep over it."