The former Manchester United manager made the comments in his autobiography, but Liverpool midfielder Gerrard refuses to let it bother him and has claimed the Scot even tried to take him to Old Trafford on more than one occasion.
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"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 [Liverpool manager] Brendan Rodgers and [England manager] Roy Hodgson are thinking. I think they are really pleased with me and that is all I will worry about."
Despite intimations by Rodgers that Gerrard may quit the England set-up after the 2014 World Cup, Gerrard says he is as yet undecided on his international future.
"I haven’t really thought about what I will do after the World Cup," he added. "It is all about going to enjoy this World Cup. What an experience it will be in Brazil."