Billy Gilmour took his chance to show Frank Lampard he is ready for first-team football at Chelsea last night.
The 18-year-old midfielder ran the game against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
He played the full 90 minutes and was far from intimidated going up against Fabinho in the middle of the park.
Gilmour rose to the challenge and helped Frank Lampard’s side secure their place in the FA Cup quarter-final draw.
Following the 2-0 victory in west London, former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas reacted to the academy talent’s performance.
On Twitter, one fan asked: “@cesc4official thoughts on billy today, mate?”
Chelsea star Billy Gilmour earned comparisons to Barcelona legend Xavi for his performance against Liverpool
He replied: “Fantastic. Personality on the ball, intelligence in his decision making, always making angles to offer himself and has that bit of aggression in him which is very important specially in the Premier League.”
And another asked the former Blues star: “@cesc4official did you see what your boy Gilmour did tonight? Thanks for being an inspiration for him and remember you will forever be a blue #KTBFFH”
Fabregas said: “When you have the quality but also the desire, the work ethic and the intelligence, then is when you can see real potential in a young player. He has all of that.”
Cesc Fabregas was very impressed by Billy Gilmour
Even Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher was left in awe of how Gilmour performed against his old club as they exited the FA Cup.
Carragher tweeted: “Disappointing result for the Reds, but a much better performance than Watford.
“Chelsea deserved their win & Billy Gilmour was brilliant!
Billy Gilmour was named man of the match following Chelsea’s FA Cup fifth round win over Liverpool
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