Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has called Sir Alex Ferguson’s recent comments on Steven Gerrard "harsh".
In his newly released autobiography, the decorated Scot claimed that Gerrard was not a "top, top player", and insisted both he and Frank Lampard pale in comparison to Old Trafford legend Paul Scholes.
But Rodgers, whose Liverpool side sit second in the Premier League, has refuted Ferguson's comments, describing his talismanic captain as a "wonderful player".
“I think everyone who’s seen the comments will think they are harsh,” the 40-year-old told talkSPORT.
“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.”
Gerrard recently become only the 24th player to reach 100 Premier League goals, and guided England to a place in next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil as captain.