Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour outshines Fabinho in midfield during Liverpool win
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.
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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.
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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 Antonio Rudiger, and it has to be said both were all over the place to begin with.
But casual, casual Liverpool shot themselves in the foot when Fabinho coughed up possession cheaply from a goal kick and Willian pounced.
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His shot was almost straight at Adrian, but the former West Ham keeper seemed surprised by it and could only deflect it into his own net.
He had just saved one from Willian moments beforehand, and while it wasn’t quite a Loris Karius, it was poor.
Kepa then formed a one-man wall to block not one but THREE Liverpool shots in a row and had made more saves by half time than he had in a game all season.
But Chelsea fans did not really start to believe until Pedro nicked it from Curtis Jones and fed Barkley, who bombed on through the middle before smashing in number two.
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Barkley had struggled to that point, even managing to be caught offside blocking his own team-mate’s shot, but suddenly he came alive.
And Pedro should have finished it when he found himself with a clean run on goal from the halfway line after a slip from Joe Gomez, but shot straight at Adrian.
Ceasr Azpilicueta then picked out Olivier Giroud with a pinpoint ball over the top which bamboozled a below-par Joe Gomez.
But this time Adrian managed to pull off a fine fingertip save to tip his volley on to the crossbar.
Chelsea were suddenly streaming forward at will, picking holes in an increasingly wide open Liverpool defence.
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