Barkley set up the opener and scored the second in Chelsea's 3-0 Premier League win at Southampton on Sunday. Even without someone who was considered to be their best player last season in Kevin De Bruyne, they're still sitting top of the table after eight games.
"All of the midfielders will be thinking that", he added.
"But I wouldn't say the players were jaded, you take you hat off to Man City because they are the team".
They have also suffered a defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League, leaving their participation in Europe under threat.
"[Chelsea] have started the season well".
"I think I'm relatively close to being in Liverpool's first-team - in fact very close".
And Graeme Souness suggested that Chelsea need to sign a goalscorer in order to challenge for the title.
However, former Manchester United defender Neville feels that Chelsea FC can not yet be discussed as title contenders because he thinks he has spotted some weaknesses in their recent performances.
"I maintain that Chelsea, if they had an out-and-out "goal-getter" they could join these two [Liverpool and City]", said Souness on Sky Sports. The form of Eden Hazard is a big factor in what they're doing.
However, he thinks Southgate's commitment to trusting youth and attempts to mould a more technically gifted side has changed England since his last appearance over two years ago.
The usually unflappable Van Dijk was at fault for the one real incident when he lunged in on City substitute Leroy Sane and conceded a penalty, which Riyad Mahrez proceeded to blaze over the crossbar.
On a personal level, I'm really enjoying my time with Chelsea.
"It was not smart from me personally and hopefully it will never happen again".
"That is a really good group, a really strong football team". Klopp's men have faced seven fixtures in 23 days that included encounters with City, Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham, Chelsea and Napoli.