Jurgen Klopp holds Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour in higher regard than his own Scottish player Andy Robertson with his stunning claim ahead of his sides clash with Norwich City in the Premier League this weekend.
Gilmour, 20, joined the Canaries after his involvement with Scotland in the recent Euro 2020 came to an abrupt end due to a positive Covid-19 test.
The Blues’ young prodigy signed for the west Londoners back in 2017 from Rangers and has shown on a couple of special occasions the talent he possesses.
Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Liverpool in the round of 16 of the FA Cup two seasons ago was the first many people saw of the young Scotsman, as he dominated the midfield on that occasion against a player in Fabinho who has been labelled as one of the best midfielders in the league.
Since then, a few sporadic appearances here and there was what the 20-year-old had to settle for as he patiently waited for his chance to make more regular first-team starts in the Premier League.
Unfortunately from his perspective, Chelsea’s strength and depth in midfield left the Gilmour with no other choice than to seek a loan exit away from Stamford Bridge this summer in search of more regular first-team football.
Daniel Farke’s Norwich City outfit provided the perfect opportunity which the midfielder could not refuse, and he’s already excited the east Anglian fanbase with his impressive showings in pre-season.
A 5-0 win over Gillingham has been the highlight so far of his Carrow Road stay with many Blues fans now excited to see how he develops under the guidance of Farke.
His first real assignment comes this weekend against expected title challengers Liverpool who travel down south to take on the new promoted Canaries who ran away with the Championship Crown last season.
In the build-up to the game, Klopp pinpointed the young Scotsman as one of the Green and Yellow’s main threat that his team have to be aware of.
Not just that, but he went a step further onto heaping huge praise on Chelsea’s young starlet, stating in his opinion that the 20-year-old is ‘the biggest Scottish talent of the last 50 years.’
Speaking in his pre-match media conference, the German said: “Norwich have Billy Gilmour who is one of the biggest Scottish talents for the last 50 years, bringing him in on loan.
“They’ve done good business and it is exciting what they are doing. We have to be absolutely spot on to have a good start to the season.”
When you consider the talents that Scotland have had over the years with Graeme Souness, Kenny Dalglish and most recently Andy Robertson, then you will understand how special this remark is from a serial-winning manager who has coached some of the best players in the world.
Despite how brilliant the youngster has been so far, the Norwich manager will not be too pleased with Klopp as he looks to keep Gilmour’s feet on the ground.
He said after City’s 3-1 pre-season outing against Kings Lynn Town: “He is a great character.
“He only arrived on Thursday after some more days off for the Euros. We did some tests and his first training session was with the team on Friday morning.
“I wouldn’t do that with a 37-year-old but with a young player you can throw them into the cold water. He proved he could swim.”
Farke then added: “We are happy to have him but we have to be realistic. We don’t want to praise him too much or put too much pressure on him [we] have to be a bit careful. […] Let’s not talk too much, let’s bring him on the pitch and let him show what he can do. He did that in this game. He showed some glimpses, some nice passes.
“Of course he has to adapt to us, how to press, when to press, and that will come.”
Source by Football London