Billy Gilmour stole the show as Chelsea piled on the misery for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
The Reds had suffered their first Premier League defeat in over a year against Watford prior to their trip to west London, following on from a loss to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League tie.
Frank Lampard decided to unleash his young Scottish prodigy to get on the ball and run the game from midfield, and was rewarded with a stunning performance for such a young and slight footballer.
At the age of 18, and starting at little more than five-foot-six, the tricky Glaswegian took the game to his larger, older and more established opponents.
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Fabinho in particular couldn’t deal with him, but few of Liverpool’s title-leading players seemed happy to tangle with him.
In the first half, Sadio Mane sought to get in behind only to find Gilmour charging back behind his own lines to stop the forward.
Even as Chelsea lost Mateo Kovacic to injury, their teenage talent remained resolute as he went about his business, making a mockery of the advantages of experience his foes supposedly boasted.
He summed up his performance, and the effect that it had on Klopp’s side, late on as he ran forward with the ball once again only to come up against Fabinho again – a Champions League-winning defensive midfielder after last season.
Regardless of the Brazilian’s record, all it took was some quick foot work from Gilmour to leave him scratching his head as the youngster scampered off having nutmegged the inflexible anchorman with ease.
Fabinho during Liverpool’s defeat to Chelsea.
(Image: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Chelsea fans sounded their appreciation for the moment of skill and the attitude with which the Scot played against…