"He's pivotal to the way we play," Barkley said of Jorginho. "He's a real top-quality player, he gets on the ball, gets us playing and against Huddersfield you could see that's the way it's going to be this season."
On a personal level, Barkley was pleased to start having been heavily involved during the pre-season campaign, and he hopes he did enough to impress manager Maurizio Sarri and remain in the side.
"That depends on how I perform and hopefully I showed I can start and stay in his thoughts,' he said. 'There's a lot of competition at top sides like us so my focus is just to do what I can on the pitch and help the team win games."