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Joey Barton accuses Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson of 'trying to be a Steven Gerrard clone'

Barton isn't impressed with Jordan Henderson. Photo: PA

QPR midfielder Joey Barton has accused Jordan Henderson of "trying to be a Steven Gerrard clone" and warned the Liverpool midfielder that he will never be good enough.

Barton prepared for his train journey up to Hull for QPR's Premier League clash tomorrow by diving into a debate about Henderson, who was stand-in Reds skipper for last night's Europa League win over Besiktas.

Wearing armbands. Trying to impersonate legends is admirable but will end in tears because it's not genuine. Henderson should be himself. He is great at being himself. Much better than trying to be a Steven Gerrard clone. You can't copy what SG had. Talent.

– @JoeyBarton
Henderson and Balotelli clashed over the incident. Credit: PA

Henderson wanted to take the late penalty which secured Liverpool's 1-0 victory on Thursday, but the ball was snatched off him by Mario Balotelli.

Reds captain Gerrard is currently nursing a hamstring injury and, working as a pundit during ITV's coverage of the match, he accused team-mate Balotelli of "disrespecting" Henderson.

"Surprised Gerrard allowed himself to be drawn into the anti-Balotelli brigade's crusade. He's better than that," Barton said on his Twitter account.

"Someone somewhere trying to make Henderson, heir to Gerrard's throne," he continued. "It will end in tears. He isn't and will never be capable.Not many are."