Key term looms for Barkley
After breaking into the first team last season, midfielder Ross Barkley says he is looking to make a big impact in the coming campaign.
The 18-year-old made his debut for David Moyes' men in last season's opening day defeat at home to QPR and went on to make a further nine appearances and he also broke into the England under-21 side. After suffering with a long list of injury problems prior to the last campaign, Barkley feels he is now ready to push his way into the first team on a regular basis and can't wait for the season to begin. He told the Liverpool Echo: "I have had a full season of playing - as I have been injured for three seasons before that - and I feel much better and fitter so hopefully next year I can push on. "This year I learnt that working hard gets you places. I worked really hard to get over my injury and get fit and that really paid off at the beginning of the season. "Next season hopefully I can play more and break through and hopefully score a few as well. I am really looking forward to next season and staying fit, staying strong and working hard."