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1st Apr, 2017 | 11:56am

Everton fans air their delight as senior player is benched for Liverpool showdown

By Amir Mir

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry starts on the bench for the clash against Liverpool – and fans on Twitter were delighted that he is not starting.

The 36-year-old was in contention to start the Premier League fixture at Anfield with a number of injuries hitting Ronald Koeman’s side.

However, the Dutchman opted to play a youthful side that will be looking to win their first Merseyside derby at Anfield since 1999.

The likes of Mason Holgate and Tom Davies were selected in the starting XI as they will be looking to prove their worth to the supporters.

However, when it was announced that the club’s senior player, Barry, would start from the bench, it did bring the happiness out of the fans who felt he was not suited to this type of game.

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There is no doubt that Jurgen Klopp’s side will produce a fast, aggressive and attacking style of play as they will be looking to do the double over their rivals.

The Reds beat their neighbours 1-0 during the reverse fixture at Goodison Park with Sadio Mane the player scoring the injury-time winner.

Nonetheless, three points for either side could prove to be a pivotal step in the race for Europe as the season draws to a close.

However, the Toffees faithful were pleased to see Barry’s name on the bench as they aired their delight at Koeman’s decision.

Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

Over the course of the season, Barry has played a significant part for Koeman’s side, making 26 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals and supplying one assist.

Prior to the international break, he had come on as a first-half substitute for his injured teammate Morgan Schneiderlin who is one of the absentees for this crucial showdown.

In other Everton news, Ronald Koeman has destroyed this manager on Twitter hours before clash against Liverpool.

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