Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has revealed why he dropped Ross Barkley and replaced him with a teenage rookie. But Smith says Barkley handled the snub professionally and may return on Wednesday at Sheffield United with Jack Grealish not back in training yet amid a shin injury. Attacking midfielder Barkley, 27, has endured an inconsistent spell on loan from Chelsea to Villa this term.
Liverpool played their first game after the announcement of the European Super League, and failed to win against Leeds
He said: “He senses where the space is and how to use it. I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s a dribbler with skills and tricks but he’s dynamic. How he plays, he is unique in some ways.