Fabinho insists he is adapting well at Liverpool

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"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!'".

Barkley made his debut for England at the age of 19 and was tipped for the top, but has not featured during manager Gareth Southgate's reign, missing out on the World Cup in Russian Federation.

"I'm over the moon to be back". We have a lot of young talent, and even though I wasn't part of the World Cup squad, I can see everyone is developing really well now and if we can keep progressing over the years, there will be more success down the line.

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

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.

Barkley set up the opener and scored the second in Chelsea's 3-0 Premier League win at Southampton on Sunday.

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

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"It is certainly different if you as a player have such freedom [as a No.10]", Shaqiri, who has started just two Liverpool games this season, said.

Hazard said recently that he considers Real Madrid his "dream" club, but Barkley is hoping for some more time with the Belgian winger. He's been at Chelsea for a long time now, he's achieved so much but I can't speak for Eden, he knows in his mind what he wants.

Barkley's impressive form this season has seen him compared to England legend Paul Gascoigne, but he was quick to play down the compliments.

"It's tough times for the boys, eh?"

"Somebody asked me: 'Is the level of the game because of the intensity?' Already in the question, there is criticism; it could have been better if you were fresher".

"Obviously they were a bit cautious of the way we played and I think we have earned that respect", said the Holland captain.

Klopp said players need a proper break to be fresher, pointing to the case of Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson who played for England at the World Cup in Russian Federation. "Things are going really well for me now and I'm fully focused on improving and kicking on".

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