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The Spaniard admits Joe Hart was in inspired form but insists his Brazilian team-mate was the best player on the pitch, and says his side were unlucky not to win the match

Jose Enrique has hailed Liverpool teammate Lucas’ “amazing” performance in Sunday’s draw with Manchester City.

"Joe Hart was good for them but Lucas was the best player on the pitch - he was amazing,” the Spaniard told the club’s official website. "He is playing really well with Charlie [Adam], who is scoring some important goals for us this season.

The Brazilian’s energy, distribution and battling qualities in midfield earned him the man of the match award as Kenny Dalglish’s side severely examined City’s Premier League title credentials at Anfield.

The award raised eyebrows among some observers after City keeper Joe Hart had pulled off a string of top saves to deny the hosts a huge scalp, but Enrique is in no doubt his teammate was the game’s outstanding performer.

"They are both really important for us. Stewart Downing came back into the side and also did well," said Enrique. "City have some very good strikers but Pepe Reina made some very good saves. At times Pepe was like another center-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 result means Liverpool has drawn four consecutive home league matches for the first time since 1971.

Enrique puts this undesirable run down to a string of superb performances from visiting goalkeepers to Anfield, and insists his side's display on Sunday warranted three points.

"I think we deserved to win the game," Enrique stated. "In the first half maybe they played better but in the second half we played very well.

"We have an amazing squad and we just have to try to keep improving."

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