Alan Shearer and Ian Wright paid tribute to Billy Gilmour after Chelsea knocked Premier League champions-elect Liverpool out of the FA Cup.
Frank Lampard’s side outplayed Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, and fully deserved their 2-0 victory over Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian was at fault for Chelsea’s opener as he parried Willian’s fierce drive into his own net.
Ross Barkley then doubled Chelsea’s advantage in the second half after a run from inside his own half and fine finish, to condemn Liverpool to back-to-back defeats.
Speaking after the match, Premier League legends Shearer and Wright hailed the performance of 18-year-old midfielder Gilmour.
Shearer said: “Frank [Lampard] said before the game that he [Gilmour] deserves to play. He’s put a performance in tonight which says to the manager, ‘you have to keep me in this team’.
“He’s worked hard, he’s impressed in training and he was mightily impressive out on that pitch against some big players and a huge football club.
“Nothing fazed him, he was magnificent. I’ve been impressed by him tonight. Jorginho is neat and tidy but Billy tonight actually went forward and for the strikers that’s great.”
Arsenal hero Wright added on BBC: “Chelsea deserve all the plaudits and he [Gilmour] deserves all the plaudits. Liverpool were very disappointing.
“No shots in the second half. Chelsea did the same as Watford, they didn’t give them any time on the ball and the Liverpool players just didn’t produce tonight, I was expecting more.
“The positions he [Gilmour] takes up and the simplicity of his game for an 18-year-old. People will say we’re going overboard but we’re not because when you watch a player like that come in and play like that… lovely skills, great feet.”