Joey Barton describes Liverpool defender as a Picasso painting, pundits comment

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Joey Barton comments on Liverpool duo Daniel Sturridge and Mamadou Sakho.

Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has been singing the praises of Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho on social networking site Twitter.

The former Newcastle United and Manchester City man made some complimentary remarks about the 26-year-old centre-back during Liverpool’s Europa League last-16 first-leg tie against Manchester United at Anfield on Thursday evening.

Tottenham Hotspur legend Gary Lineker and former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore also joined the discussion.

Sakho has been on the books of Liverpool since 2013 and is actually a very good defender.

The France international centre-back is not the most graceful of players on the ball, but he gets the job done.

In the 2-0 win against United on Thursday evening, the former Paris Saint-Germain man had a pass accuracy of 92%, won 100% of his headers, and made one interception and four clearances.

Interestingly, Barton has also questioned why Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge was not involved in the penalty shootout during the League Cup final against Manchester City at London’s Wembley Stadium last month.

Barton asked the question following the England international’s penalty goal against United in the 20th minute at Anfield on Thursday evening.

The reason why Sturridge did not take a spot kick during the penalty shootout against City was that he has cramps, as revealed by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after the match on the club’s official Twitter page (click here to read more).

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