David de Gea vs Joe Hart – Liverpool great explains who has been better

Liverpool hero Phil Thompson believes that Manchester City ace Joe Hart deserves his reported new contract.

Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson has said that Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has performed better than Manchester City’s Joe Hart this season.

The Citizens shot-stopper has reportedly been offered a new lucrative four-and-a-half year contract at the Etihad Stadium worth a whopping £25 million.

The reported deal would keep him at the Premier League champions until 2019 and would make him the highest paid custodian in world football, a situation which prompts two valuable questions.

Is he worth it? And arguably more important: is Hart even the best goalkeeper in the Premier League?

The question was posed to former Reds man Phil Thompson, who revealed his preference towards United shot-stopper David de Gea and Chelsea custodian Thibaut Courtois.

"At this moment Thibaut Courtois and David de Gea – just in this league – are probably ahead of him [Hart]," he told Sky Sports. “De Gea is playing out of his skin.”

The Red Devils number one has been in excellent form this season, prompting fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher to label him as the Premier League’s best on form.

The former Atletico Madrid man has won United’s Player of the Month for two successive months, showing his worth to the club with a number of fine displays.

Hart, likewise, has also been in good form of late for Manuel Pellegrini’s men, and Thompson added that he feels the England international deserves to become the best-paid custodian in in the world.

“But Joe Hart deserves to be the best-paid player in the Premier League, if Man City deem that they need to keep him. He’s come through difficult spells and he’s come back a better goalkeeper. He’s still got a couple of frailties in him but he’s done excellent,” he explained.

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