You can keep Kompany! Enrique rates Liverpool ace Skrtel as Premier League's best defender
09:02 GMT, 28 March 2012
Jose Enrique is convinced his Liverpool team-mate Martin Skrtel has overtaken Vincent Kompany to become the Premier League's best centre-half.
The Reds have struggled to find goals this season but keeping them out has not been a problem as only Swansea and the two Manchester clubs can boast more clean sheets.
Skrtel has featured 37 times in the current campaign – scoring four times – and left-back Enrique is glad to be playing alongside the Slovakia international.
Hard to beat: Martin Skrtel
Solid at City: Vincent Kompany
Kompany has earned rave reviews at the heart of Manchester City's rearguard but Enrique reckons the big Belgian is second best.
He said: 'You cannot say that any striker has made a game difficult for Martin this season. Against many different strikers this season he has had an amazing game.
'He is doing really, really well for us. He has everything. He's good in the air, he's a strong player, he's quick, he's good with the ball.
'For me, I wouldn't swap him for any centre-back in the Premier League. I know Kompany is a good centre-back too but I prefer Martin.'
Impressed: Jose Enrique enjoys playing alongside Martin Skrtel