Former world player of the year Zinedine Zidane has questioned Sir Alex Ferguson's opinion of Steven Gerrard in his latest autobiography.
Ferguson, who claims he tried to sign Gerrard whilst at Manchester United, said he was not a 'top, top player.'
Arguably one of the best players to play the game, Zidane has responded by saying “For two or three years, Steven Gerrard was the best midfield player in the world.
“Even now he is playing at a high level for Liverpool and England.”
It is unquestionable that Ferguson's opinion is differed to most football fans and professionals.
Gerrard has been the heartbeat of the Liverpool team for the last ten years, inspiring them when victorious in their great Champions League comeback in 2005 and the same in the 2006 FA Cup final.
Zidane then went onto say that “Gerrard has been loyal to Liverpool throughout his career – which is great for them – but if he had wanted to leave four or five years ago then every top club in Europe would have tried to sign him."
“Alex Ferguson is obviously one of the most successful coaches the game has ever had. But I did find his comments about Steven Gerrard very strange. To say he is not a top player is wrong.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers also hit back at the former Manchester United boss saying "Sir Alex might be the only one or one of the very, very few who doesn't think Gerrard is a top, top player,"
"I don't think it was credible, what was said. You only need to look at Steven's career to see that; the accolades he has received throughout his life, not just from managers but from other top, top players."
Gerrard had another solid game in Liverpool's 4-1 win this weekend at home to West Brom.
The England captain was again in the heart of midfield, getting up and down the pitch and hit an inch perfect free kick to assist Luis Suarez's third goal.
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