Barkley returns for England, ready to live up to hopes

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City found a way to stop Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah on Sunday. EPA

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City found a way to stop Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah on Sunday. EPA

Roberto Firmino has been helping me, as well as Alisson.

I'm back into the routine of training and playing games, getting prepared mentally and physically for games and I've played a part in nearly all the matches this season so I'm feeling really good and confident and I want to keep that going all season.

On a personal level, I'm really enjoying my time with Chelsea.

"Joint top, I think at the start of the season you would have taken that all day long". I've had expectations on me from a young age and I've dealt with them.

'Against Portugal I nearly had to play as right-back.

"Without Hazard they don't have as much threat".

I watched them play against Southampton at the weekend and it was like men against boys.

"They have done well in a game [at Southampton] you'd expect them to do well in".

Who will win the title?

"Many people thought they were going to miss him a lot and obviously that quality of player is going to be a bit of a miss. I'd say the ones that have disappointed have been Manchester United, and to a certain extent, Tottenham".

Despite joining the Reds in the last transfer window, Shaqiri still lives in Manchester and claims he only goes into Liverpool city centre for matches and then he stays at the team hotel. They should be a couple of points clear but Riyad Mahrez's penalty against Liverpool was an absolute shocker.

The 27-year-old playmaker has scored seven goals and made three assists in eight Premier League games so far this term to help the Blues up into second place in the table.

Van Dijk was relieved his mistimed tackle on Leroy Sane did not prove too expensive as Liverpool and City drew 0-0. And we hope that they come back healthy and play these easy competitions, the Premier League, the Champions League and all this.

Barkley has not played for his country since the friendly against Australia prior to Euro 2016, but was handed a recall last week by boss Gareth Southgate for the Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain.

"It was not smart from me personally and hopefully it will never happen again".

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