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Zidane raps Sir Alex over criticism of Liverpool captain Gerrard

Zinedine Zidane has taken aim at former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson over his criticism of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

Ferguson slates Gerrard in his new autobiography.

Zidane, now a Real coach, said: "Gerrard has been loyal to Liverpool throughout his career - which is great for them - but if he had wanted to leave four or five years ago then every top club in Europe would have tried to sign him.

"And they would have probably had to break the transfer record to do it.

"Alex Ferguson is obviously one of the most successful coaches the game has ever had. But I did find his comments about Steven Gerrard very strange. To say he is not a top player is wrong."

Zizou added: "For two or three years, Steven Gerrard was the best midfield player in the world.

"Even now he is playing at a high level for ­Liverpool and England."

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