Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard praised the performance of youngster Jon Flanagan after the 3-3 draw with Everton on Saturday.
The 20-year-old defender produced a seasoned performance in his first Merseyside derby, despite playing out of position at left-back against Kevin Mirallas.
Liverpool earned a point at Goodison Park with a late goal from substitute Daniel Sturridge in an eventful clash between the local rivals.
"Daniel has obviously been carrying a bit of a niggle of late but the manager said in his team-talk that he could probably come on and be the match-winner or play a very important part coming off the bench," Gerrard said.
"But you look at our team and our star man for me was Jon Flanagan by a country mile.
"He doesn't get many headlines but as captain of the team he was the player I am most proud of. I thought he was unbelievable.
"He's been fighting hard in training just to get in the 18, never mind the starting XI, but the manager threw him in at the deep end against a top-class player like Mirallas and I thought he was sensational.
"It was one of the best derby performances I have seen for many years."