Billy Gilmour made a mockery of Liverpool’s once mighty air of invincibility as Jurgen Klopp’s week went from bad to worse.
The Reds followed up their shock 3-0 defeat at Watford to crash out of the FA Cup despite fielding all their big guns at Chelsea.
Goals from Willian and Ross Barkley did the damage. But 18-year-old phenomenon Gilmour absolutely ran the show in midfield.
The Scotland Under 21 star looked a massive prospect as he repeatedly embarrassed Fabinho in the engine room.
A horrible fumble from Adrian for the opening goal certainly helped in this rematch of the 2012 final.
Chelsea star Billy Gilmour earned comparisons to Barcelona legend Xavi for his performance against Liverpool
But it was another poor performance from Liverpool with Chelsea, who also lost WIllian to an ever-growing injury list, hitting the woodwork twice.
Considering their 22-point lead in the league, it’s not exactly time to panic for Liverpool.
But this was another trophy gone, and they have work to do in the Champions League, where they trail Atletico Madrid.
How long has it been since Liverpool actually played well? Some might say those two defeats in their previous three matches had been coming.
Before this, they had led for only 34 minutes in their four matches since the winter break and looked a shadow of their usually imperious selves.
Kepa Arrizabalaga made a triple save in the first-half
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Klopp has had his critics for his team selection in this competition, and this was a much stronger one than he’d named in previous rounds.
But Lampard raised a few eyebrows with his own selection, making six changes from the side which drew with Bournemouth.
In came forgotten man Kepa in goal for his first start in seven games, but Jorginho was only on the bench despite his impending ban for too many bookings.
He also recalled centre backs Kurt Zouma and…