Despite concerns over his ability to adapt to the former Napoli manager's style of play, Barkley has improved both his physical and technical attributes, and now looks ready to play a leading role in Chelsea's title challenge this season.
A small video clip has emerged from the Liverpool vs Man City game where Jordan Henderson is clearly asking for the ball to be played to him but his teammates are clearly rejecting his request by playing square.
Liverpool FC's stalemate with Manchester City in Sunday's late kick-off to leave duo level on points with Chelsea FC in the top three positions after eight games.
"Yes, he wanted it", said Guardiola, who had already substituted chief penalty-taker Sergio Aguero.
Despite earning a Premier League record 100 points last season, City lost three times against Liverpool last season in all competitions, including their first defeat of the season in the league.
"We want to get as close as possible and do as well as we can but we know it is going to be hard". "I think that tells you how Jurgen sees their midfield". We deserved to win, but sometimes it's important not to lose, as well'.
Mahrez let slip a good chance on the hour when he shot wide when well placed in the penalty box.
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However, I wouldn't be surprised to see Alexis Sanchez axed on Saturday as his shocking form continues. After the game, he liked a picture of himself which had the caption: "It's time for Mourinho to go".
The Reds were billed as Manchester City's most-likely challengers in the 2018-19 season after Jurgen Klopp brought in four new signings in the summer transfer window.
As for the impact of Sunday's draw on the title race, the Netherlands captain said: "I think it is not about these games, it is all about the other games, the hard games we have against mid-table and lower teams". "In that situation they are much better than us". Up and down they are the best team in the world in these transitions.
"I'm the captain there and we have a very important game against Germany so we have to try to be ready for that one and then try to get a bit of rest after that one".
The Algerian said: "It is part of football, you have to go forward and stay strong".
The Reds trio strikers of Mo Salah, Firmino and Mane were not spectacular and it was nearly a complete replication of their performance against Napoli in the UCL.
He added: "My relationship with my team-mates has also been very good, especially with the Brazilians like Roberto Firmino, who has been helping me, and also Alisson".