Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Ross Barkley feels more mature after two years in England wilderness

Ross Barkley feels more mature after two years in England wilderness

Since pre-season I believe I have understood the way Jurgen Klopp plays and the way the team plays.

"I've been playing a little bit more and that's important, because it's important to adapt on the pitch by playing matches".

"It was frustrating for me because England means the world to me, to play for your country, but these things happen in football and you have to react and work hard to get your rewards, which I am doing", Barkley said.

"I don't exactly know what you can win but there is some final next summer or something so that's it".

"I am really happy with what the boys did today", Klopp said.

But after losing on his three previous visits to Anfield as City boss, Guardiola took the positives from taking a point from one of the few venues the champions were defeated last season.

I'm still only 24 though, so hopefully I have a lot of years ahead of me and I can be involved for all of them. That's why I say, going away is not a big problem, but now you call a manager of any country and ask him to leave out one or two players and he says: 'I am under pressure as well, ' because now it's Nations Cup.

"We have a lot of talent in the squad that can produce magic at any point in the game and we have a confident bunch of lads and there is a lot of talent coming through".

He is now with the Brazil national squad - along with Liverpool teammates Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino - for friendlies with Saudi Arabia and Argentina in the coming week.

I've had expectations on me from a young age and I've dealt with them. I moved down to London on my own and I live just off the King's Road, so I can even walk to Stamford Bridge, which I used to do last season before we stay overnight for the games at the moment.

"I joined with a long term injury". I like to get out when I can, I go out for food with my team-mates, sometimes my mates will come down and stay with me and I have my family to visit a couple of times a month.

And if they can keep a shut-out at Huddersfield in their match, Liverpool will also have enjoyed their best ever defensive start to a league season having leaked just three goals in eight matches so far - with Van Dijk crucial to such sturdiness. "Things are going really well for me now and I'm fully focused on improving and kicking on".

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