'I won't lose any sleep over it...he tried to sign me' - Gerrard shrugs off Ferguson criticism

The former Manchester United manager described the Liverpool and England captain as "not a top, top player" in his autobiography, but the midfielder insists he was not fazed
England captain Steven Gerrard insists he is not fazed by Sir Alex Ferguson's recent claims that he was "not a top, top player", revealing the former United boss tried to sign him at least once.

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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"Listen, he’s entitled to his opinion," the midfielder told reporters. "I’m a fan of his; he is one of the best managers in the world.

"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."