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Former Liverpool striker hits out at Fergie, Gerrard achievement 'incredible

Also, Sakho on getting physical, Wisdom completes Derby switch and Henderson on England chances.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge said former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s statement of saying Steven Gerrard is ‘not a top, top player’ is just a ploy to sell more copies of the autobiography he launched yesterday.

Aldridge said: ‘It was no surprise to see Fergie stick the boot into Liverpool, he’s done that for the last 30 years or so.

‘But he’s barking up the wrong tree when it comes to Steven Gerrard. I guess it’s just a way to ensure he’ll sell more copies of his book.

‘Any manager or player who has ever come across Steven in the game will tell you he’s world class.’

All-time record goalscorer Ian Rush has hailed the achievements of Gerrard, particularly the latest one of notching up 100 league goals for the club in an interview with the club’s website.

Rush said: ‘It’s an incredible achievement from a midfielder; you expect forwards to do it, but for Stevie as a midfielder to do that is an incredible achievement.

‘That goes to show how good a player he has been. For Stevie to do that from midfield shows his loyalty to the club, but also what a great goalscorer he is.’

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Elsewhere, defender Mamadou Sakho has said the more physical style of the Premier League is something to be embraced and has spoken of his pride to play in the league for Liverpool.

Sakho told the club’s website: ‘I’m very happy and proud to discover the Premier League and especially playing in the Liverpool shirt. I play with great pride, I’m proud to be here.

‘It’s a fairly physical style of football; there’s a lot of impact and a lot of contact in tackles. I don’t mind that.

‘It’s something I appreciated before I came here and I’m used to now. I think I can continue to play the way I do, to help bring Liverpool great wins.’

20-year-old defender Andre Wisdom completed a loan move to Derby County until the end of the season, where he will link up with ex-England boss Steve McClaren. 

Midfielder Jordan Henderson is targeting a place in England’s World Cup squad for Brazil in the summer.

Henderson has won five caps for England and last featured at Euro 2012.

He said: ‘I still have a long way to go to be where I want to be.

‘I need to improve. But if I keep playing well then hopefully I will get an opportunity with England.

‘I feel as though I have improved 100% since I have come to Liverpool. I look at my game when I was younger, and you compare my game now I think I have improved massively. Hopefully I can carry that on.’

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