"I went on trial at Manchester United when I was 13 and had a letter off them wanting to sign me on a seven-year-deal," he said.
"I'm a huge fan of Alex Ferguson and what he's done in the game is fantastic, that's the reason why he's sold that many copies in the first week, I was generally a little bit gutted when I read that, the reaction of the papers, when he said I wasn't a top, top player. But I won't lose sleep over it, everyone is entitled to their opinion.
"He tried to sign me in early 2002/2003, he tried to sign me again to play for United, I obviously refused, so I can't really take it to heart too much. But I'm a bit gutted because I'm a big fan of his."
Gerrard, 33, also rejected the chance to move down south to remain at Liverpool and it is a decision he is delighted to have made.
"They [Chelsea] tried on two occasions in 2005 and 2006," he told BT Sport.
"They were spending huge amounts of money and at Liverpool at the time we were struggling and my relationship with Benitez was a bit up and down.
"I have openly admitted that it did turn my head, but now I can honestly admit from the bottom of my heart the best decision I have made was to stay at the club that I love."
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