By Dominic Toner
Everton midfielder Ross Barkley played 90 minutes against Liverpool on Monday – and the club’s supporters were furious with his performance on Twitter.
The Toffees slipped to a 1-0 defeat against their Merseyside rivals in the Premier League, with Sadio Mane scoring a late winner in stoppage time.
Barkley was unable to help the home side get anything from the game and Everton failed to capitalise on a good start to the game, before they were totally outclassed by Liverpool in the second-half.
The 23-year-old was perhaps fortunate to stay on the pitch after a dangerous challenge on Jordan Henderson in the second-half and he received just a yellow card from the referee.
Everton fans revealed their frustration with Barkley after his display and feel that his levels this season have not been good enough.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
We are so poor, the best team has won. We need to say goodbye to a lot of these players including Barkley who is never going to improve
— Syd (@syd_EFC) December 19, 2016
Sometimes I'm not all together sure Ross Barkley is a footballer.
— David Jones (@DJ1878EFC) December 19, 2016
Send Barkley on holiday #efc
— Gavin Johnson (@gavinbonson) December 19, 2016
Barkley is lost here
— Langley EFC (@graemellangley) December 19, 2016
Got to say, under Koeman I think Barkley is now playing for his future at the club, not just a spot in the starting XI. #efc
— Everton Rando (@RandoEFC) December 19, 2016
How on earth did Barkley stay on for 90 minutes. So poor. #efc
— Official Kev Ruscoe (@kevdotbadger) December 19, 2016
we're not doing enough now. theyre creating chances. we just pass it about. barkley not doing enough
— Jack? (@JackEFC95) December 19, 2016
Barkley infuriates me big time
— EFC Feelin Blue (@EFCFeelinBlue) December 19, 2016
Barkley has endured a difficult season under Ronald Koeman and has scored just three goals in his 17 appearances.
The attacking midfielder failed to link up with forward Romelu Lukaku against Liverpool and didn’t test Simon Mignolet in goal.
He will now be under serious pressure from the Toffees fans to improve his performances and could get the opportunity in the club’s next game against Leicester on Boxing Day.
Everton stay ninth in the Premier League table after the defeat and face a tough battle to reach a European spot this season, something that Koeman was expected to bring to Goodison Park.
In other Everton news, this player has been the club’s most improved player in 2016.