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Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge: They will never be a classic strike partnership, claims John Barnes

Pair exchanged heated words during Liverpool's 4-0 derby victory on Tuesday

Liverpool great John Barnes claims strikers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are both too "individual" to ever combine to create a "classic partnership" for the Reds.

The pair exchanged words during Liverpool's 4-0 demolition of neighbours Everton on Tuesday night, when Sturridge tried to score his hat-trick instead of passing to Suarez who was in a better position. The England forward was then taken off by manager Brendan Rodgers after the incident, and also showed his anger towards Rodgers as he left the field.

"They are not going to be a classic partnership because they are very individual," Barnes told talkSPORT.

"Yes, every now and again you will see there is a partnership in terms of movement and the passing to each other but, more often than not, all their work is going to be of their own making.

"That is what is going to be quite frustrating for either one of them, when they believe they are not getting the service or the passes from the other one.

Barnes, who made 407 appearances for Liverpool between 1987 and 1997, added: "While they are two fantastic players, it is not a classic partnership. If anyone is going to look for a classic partnership between them, it is really not going to happen.

"That's not to say they are not both going to score lots of goals, but they will get frustrated and you will see some incidents like the one against Everton."

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