LONDON - England captain Steven Gerrard has shrugged off a claim by former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson that the Liverpool midfielder is “not a top, top player”. Ferguson made the remark in his autobiography, which was published last month, but Gerrard says the Scot’s attempts to sign him suggest he did value his ability. “Listen, he’s entitled to his opinion,” Gerrard told Tuesday’s edition of British newspaper the Daily Mail. “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.”–AFP