Ross Barkley feels more mature after two years in England wilderness


The Reds are without a win in four going into the worldwide break, but remain level on points (20) with league leaders Manchester City and Chelsea.

And he feels he deserves to be back in the squad after maturing on and off the pitch and impressing when given a chance to shine by Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri this season.

The Englishman has actually been in training for three weeks now but "opted to rule himself out of Liverpool's last two matches to focus on completing extra sessions", writes Paul Joyce.

The first thing I want to say, is that I'm over the moon to be back with England. I've had expectations on me from a young age and I've dealt with them.

"[Chelsea] have started the season well".

City have not had the untouchable start to the campaign like previous year, and many are tipping Chelsea and Liverpool to mount a serious challenge to the defending champions.

"I maintain that Chelsea, if they had an out-and-out "goal-getter" they could join these two [Liverpool and City]", said Souness on Sky Sports.

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Barkley is also enjoying playing with someone of the quality of Eden Hazard, a situation he very much hopes will continue. Both of these two have more players that can threaten.

The draw preserved both sides' unbeaten Premier League records, but they failed to lay down an early marker in the title race as Chelsea moved into a three-way tie at the top on 20 points after eight games.

Jurgen Klopp did add in that area of the field over the summer, with Fabinho and Naby Keita drafted in from Monaco and RB Leipzig respectively. "We made it hard for them and they made it hard for us at times".

"We've got different types of players and we don't play the same as them".

"This team is experienced".

"But I've kept a positive mind, worked really hard, fitness wise I'm feeling as good as I've ever felt before and I'm looking forward to the games ahead and the rest of the season".

Andy Robertson has warned Liverpool FC that Arsenal and Chelsea FC can not be underestimated in the Premier League title race.