As he prepares to make his first Premier League appearance for Liverpool in a crunch clash at home to runaway leaders Manchester City, the 26-year-old insists he is not concerned about his status as the world's most expensive defender. The Scot wouldn't just win that game, but would go on to win the league again the next season. For a newly promoted side with such modest resources that they didn't even have a training ground, it was a huge achievement.
"They're so good going forward".
City continue to lead the way in England's top-flight, with a gap of 14 points between themselves and Manchester United.
The speed with which players push further up the pitch is then reciprocated when in possession to deadly effect, highlighted by Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling's push for double figures this season beside strikers Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero. But that is a reality now. It's really about extra motivation maximising that approach, to properly get into City.
The England global was initially sidelined by illness before suffering a muscle injury that has kept him out of the first-team picture since.
"Klopp was struggling to fit Coutinho, Saido Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Adam Lallana into the same team".
'They have two choices: follow what you said or follow me. Instead, Jesse Lingard is the player they should fear most, with the midfielder cementing his status as the clutch individual for Jose Mourinho's side in recent weeks. The game. Of course I answer your questions'.
"We still have tough teams away, there is still a lot of things to do". You've got to be [wary] of the attacking prowess that they've got but there are areas of weakness. Start your seven-day free trial now on Amazon Channels. The confusing element, apart from the fact that the game's tactics changed following Kyle Walker's first-half dismissal, was that Ronald Koeman changed to a back four after an hour and with his side 1-0 up. For me it's very hard to spli these two.
"I always remember lining up against Steve Gerrard - a Huyton lad like me".
There are few Premier League managers who have created two tactically significant Premier League sides. Given the world-class first XI they're able to throw out, they will hold legitimate hope of finally getting their hands on the trophy with the big ears. I haven't decided if he is ready.
"And I remember an unbelievable save by Peter Schmeichel from Milan Baros at the Anfield Road End when it was 1-1". But still they need time to adapt to the intensity of a football game.
"The team [thoughts], tactics, [need to be] as tuned as possible".
Barton however thinks the win City crave will still prove elusive.
With a match of this magnitude, any free betting offers could be placed on a number of markets with both teams having quality in abundance and this is a fixture which should guarantee plenty of goals.