Chelsea boss Frank Lampard hailed the “incredible” performance of young midfielder Billy Gilmour after his side dumped Liverpool out of the FA Cup.
Goals in either half from Willian and Ross Barkley were enough to sink a lacklustre Liverpool to a second defeat in a row and see the Blues progress to their fourth quarter-final in five years.
Gilmour, 18, was particularly impressive in the first half with a calming presence in midfield and speaking to BBC Sport after the game, Lampard spoke of his delight at the Scotsman’s display.
What an incredible performance for a young player,” Lampard said. “He was a calm head in that first five or 10 minutes. He’s a throwback of a midfielder.
“Can you put your foot in? Yes. Can you make angles to play the passes? Yes. He’s only slight in stature but he’s huge in personality.
“He deserves people to talk about him after a performance like that.”
Speaking about his side’s performance in general, Lampard said: “I’m really proud. Liverpool are the best team in the league and what they are doing is incredible.
“So for us to put in a performance like that, the effort, the quality was something special. We know we’ve got a long way to go but you have to celebrate those moments.”
Lampard recalled Kepa Arrizabalaga between the sticks having played Willy Caballero in the Premier League of late.
“I was really pleased for Kepa,” Lampard said. “It’s not easy because all players want to play and a goalkeeper gets scrutinised more than any other position and he made some good saves.
“He’s shown good character and he played well.”
Chelsea follow up their latest win with a Premier League clash against Everton.