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Billy Gilmour Sent Fabinho Back To Monaco With Filthy Nutmeg

Billy Gilmour Sent Fabinho Back To Monaco With Filthy Nutmeg

18-year old Billy Gilmour was the star of the show as Chelsea inflicted a second consecutive defeat on Liverpool last night.

Goals from Willian and Ross Barkley knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup at the fifth round stage and made it three losses in their last four games for Jurgen Klopp's side.

But it was Gilmour, signed from Rangers in 2017, who quite rightly received the plaudits courtesy of a superb Man of the Match performance.

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Even with his slight 5 ft 6 frame, the young Scotsman completely ran the game in the middle of the park, looking at ease as he effortlessly knocked the ball in the 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

If his use of the ball wasn't impressive enough, Gilmour also had the defensive acumen to sniff out any danger that came from Liverpool and made Fabinho look like a Sunday League player throughout.

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That filthy nutmeg sent the Brazilian right back to Monaco in one swift move and it capped off a wonderful all-round display from Gilmour, whose highlights from the game are a sight to see.

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Gilmour had 62 touches in the game, completed 37 passes and won five successful tackles against the European and world champions.

He's only just been promoted to the first-team on a permanent basis, with last night being just his fifth appearance for the club.

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But you never would have guessed it given the mature performance he conjured up and England legend Alan Shearer couldn't help but wax lyrical over him in the BBC Match of the Day Studio.

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Speaking to Gary Lineker at half-time, Shearer said: "The star of the show is the midfielder - the young Billy Gilmour. He has bossed it.

'"Whatever he's been asked to do, whether that's collecting the ball and passing it forward, protecting that back four or spraying the ball around; he's been absolutely magnificent.

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"A lot of the time I've seen Chelsea this season, yes they have good possession in Jorginho in the way he passes it, but he hasn't done what this young boy has done in terms of getting the ball and passing it forward - that's been his first thought.

'Not only that but he's protected that back four magnificently. Everything he has done has been spot on. The tackling, the timing of the tackles. Setting Chelsea forward... the confidence - he's 18 years of age! To have that confidence, that belief in your ability."

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Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Chelsea, FA Cup, Fabinho

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