Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton was involved in a war of words with former Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher over the role of Jordan Henderson.
Henderson hit the headlines after being involved in a row with Italian striker Mario Balotelli over who would take a penalty in the late win against Besiktas. Henderson was vice-captain but Balotelli has a great record from 12 yards and eventually won the argument.
Barton said in the immediate aftermath of the incident that Balotelli was right to "pull rank" as he is "technically better" than the England midfielder.
He continued his rant today, stating that you would back Balotelli over Henderson if there was a penalty to "save your life"; he later added that Henderson was not close to Steven Gerrard, despite appearing to be groomed to become his replacement.
Carragher then leapt to the defence of the Liverpool man, stating that no one had ever stated Henderson was a replacement for Gerrard - although they had...
Can't believe people getting on Balotelli. He is technically better at penalties than Henderson. He pulled rank. Scored. End of.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) February 20, 2015
If Balotelli's on the pitch and its him or Henderson on a penalty to save your life? Who you gonna let take it? #nobrainer— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) February 20, 2015
Contrary to some people beliefs Jordan Henderson will not now or will he ever be even in the same stratosphere as Steven Gerrard.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) February 20, 2015
Anyone who thinks he will replace Gerrard, short, medium or long term is deluded. Even Brendon knows he's bullshitting when he says it.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) February 20, 2015
Someone somewhere trying to make Henderson, heir to Gerrard's throne. It will end in tears. He isn't and will never be capable.Not many are— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) February 20, 2015
Wearing armbands. Trying to impersonate legends is admirable but will end in tears because it's not genuine. Henderson should be himself.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) February 20, 2015
He is great at being himself. Much better than trying to be a Steven Gerrard clone. You can't copy what SG had. Talent.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) February 20, 2015
@Joey7Barton I've considered and you're comment wearing armbands looks like a dig just before you say impersonating legends. He's not.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 20, 2015
Brendan Rodgers has stated today that Mario Balotelli was, in fact, the penalty taker.
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