Date: 19th December 2016 at 7:25pm
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By Harvey Byrne

Gerard Deulofeu has not been named in the Everton 18-man matchday squad to face Liverpool on Monday – and Toffees supporters on Twitter have greeted it with a mixed reaction.

The 22-year-old attacker has struggled to hit a consistent run of form for Everton this campaign, as he’s returned without a goal or an assist in 12 fixtures.

The 2015 summer signing from Barcelona had previously built up a strong reputation as a good Premier League attacker with his quick feet causing trouble to defences.

However, he is now leaving Everton supporters in two minds, as some on social media were happy that he was not in the squad to face Liverpool, while others were disappointed.

Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/Ben_King1878/status/810923514693906434

Deulofeu has played in 78 encounters for Everton in total with a return of eight goals and 18 assists.

He doesn’t seem to have hit the right notes since Ronald Koeman took charge of the club in the summer.

The Dutch manager may now be looking for his own men to play on the wing with the January window looming and the Spaniard could be one heading for the exit doors.

In other Everton news, here is the confirmed Toffees squad for the derby.