Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has hit back at former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson over his criticism of Steven Gerrard in his new book. Carragher wrote in the Daily Mail: "Take the reference to Steven Gerrard not being 'a top, top player'. I found that outrageous. He won a Champions League final almost single-handedly in 2005. I didn't see anyone do that for Ferguson on the two occasions Manchester United won it, 1999 and 2008.
"Ferguson's opinion is authoritative but I'd love to know who he does class as a 'top, top player'; he says Stevie never got a kick against Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, but I don't remember that to be the case. What I do remember is Stevie scoring big goals against United - like the League Cup final in 2003 - and setting up winning goals for Danny Murphy at Old Trafford. I remember Stevie's energy, desire and talent rattling United when we played them.
"Look at it the other way. Put Keane or Scholes in a Liverpool shirt and let them play against Stevie with the other alongside him. I would have been surprised if they could have done more on their own than Stevie. Keane and Scholes had the advantage of being surrounded by more great players."
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