Charlie Adam, Liverpool
Liverpool went for the win, after Balotelli's red card, but Joe Hart made a series of saves to deny Anfield. Picture - Reuters.

Charlie Adam has praised Liverpool's recent run of form, after the Reds drew 1-1 with Premier League pacesetters Manchester City at Anfield.

Adam's deflected shot cancelled out Vincent Kompany's opener and ensured the home side extended their unbeaten run to eight league games.

Liverpool pressed for a winner after Mario Balotelli was sent off for two yellow cards but Kenny Dalglish's side failed to find a way past goalkeeper Joe Hart.

"Manchester City are a top side and have top players and we knew it would be difficult," Adam, who joined Liverpool from Blackpool in the summer, told Sky Sports 1.

"But we stuck to our guns and we played well. It was great entertainment. We are progressing the way we want to progress."

League-leaders City arrived at Anfield having dropped just two points all season but Roberto Mancini's side struggled to assert themselves following their 2-1 loss in Napoli on Tuesday.

Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt echoed Adam's comments, saying Sunday's result demonstrates how the Reds are a team in ascendancy.

"I think we deserved to win," the Dutch international told "he performance was really good, especially in the second half when we pushed them and created chances.

"We were really unlucky not to score and make it 2-1. I thought Joe Hart gave a fantastic performance and kept Manchester City in it.

"In my opinion, City have so far been the best team in the Premier League, so we can take lots of positives from our performance. We will keep going and in a couple of days we have another big game [against Chelsea in the Carling Cup quarter-final] for us, so we'll prepare for that now."