Jose Enrique has paid tribute to Joe Hart after the England shot-stopper was handed the man of the match award in Liverpool's 1-1 stalemate with Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday – but insisted team-mate Lucas Leiva was by far the best player on the pitch.
The Brazilian international was at his combative best as Liverpool wrestled a point off the so far unbeaten City but it was a host of eye-catching saves that saw Hart receiving the post match award, much to the annoyance of Enrique.
“Joe Hart was good for them but Lucas was the best player on the pitch - he was amazing,” The Spaniard told Liverpool’s official website.
"He is playing really well with Charlie who is scoring some important goals for us this season."
"They are both really important for us. Stewart Downing came back into the side and also did well.
"City have some very good strikers but Pepe Reina made some very good saves. At times Pepe was like another centre-back for us!”
He added: "But it's not just down to the back four and the 'keeper, the whole team are playing really well."
The visitors took a 31st minute lead after Vincent Kompany headed in from a David Silva cross before Liverpool got almost immediately back on level terms when Joleon Lescott diverted a Charlie Adam shot into his own net.
The result meant that Liverpool have now drawn their last four games at Anfield, but Enrique felt that the Reds did enough to claim all three points.
“I think we deserved to win the game," he added. "In the first half maybe they played better but in the second half we played very well.”