Barkley returns for England, ready to live up to hopes

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Unlike the four enthralling encounters between the two last season when Liverpool beat the English champions three times, a highly-anticipated clash fell flat with neither side managing to register a shot on target until after the hour mark.

"If somebody would have told me after eight match days you have 20 points, I would say with that fixture list, "I'll buy it, let's start with the ninth match day", said Klopp. It was a decision I made and hopefully it will be the last time I make that decision at that time. I don't keep anything back. We could only spend that much money because we sold Coutinho for an astronomical fee really.

"I feel like I have matured as a person and understood what football is, and taken little details on as I have done now under the manager (Sarri). To show I can produce the goods on game day", he said.

A Liverpudlian, who joined Everton as a schoolboy, Barkley's departure from Goodison Park, as he ran his contract down, was a drawn out and painful affair, but one he has put behind him.

Asked in a recent interview about rivals supporters, Shaqiri, having only been to Anfield and the team hotel, admitted he is unsure whether it is risky for Liverpool players to venture out because of Everton fans.

After being a part of success like that and seeing what we've done recently, I feel we're going in the right direction.

The attacking central midfielder is certainly enjoying playing alongside Chelsea's Belgium worldwide Eden Hazard.

"In most sports, coming second in the Olympics you come home with a silver medal". Pep spoke with me.

Barkley is still only 24 but with a younger generation of players beginning to emerge behind him, it could be a crucial moment for him to re-establish himself with England.

"I just look at that midfield and I think we're missing that Coutinho type of player". The players said it was a bit hard because people are coming pretty straight to you.

But I feel like I deserve it this time.

"I think in England they do not have such thick window glass as here in Switzerland!" he joked.

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