'Sensational': Jurgen Klopp says he's a huge fan of player Chelsea have loaned out this summer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp singled out Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour as being one of Scotland’s greats products in half a century.

Speaking in his latest press conference ahead of his side’s Premier League opener against Norwich City, Klopp saved very special praise for Gilmour.

The young midfielder joined Norwich on a season long-loan, in an attempt to gain more senior minutes away from his parent club.

Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel both struggled to give the Scotsman a regular run out in the team, such was the competition for places in the squad.

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Daniel Farke gratefully welcomed the 20-year-old into his set-up and could well hand him his debut tomorrow in front of a packed-out Carrow Road crowd.

Gilmour was part of the Canaries rebuild over the summer after they lost Emi Buendia to Aston Villa.

Klopp credited Norwich’s recruitment and especially praised the arrival from Stamford Bridge.

He said: “They did sensational business. Billy Gilmour is one of the biggest Scottish talents of the last 50 years, bringing him on loan.”

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Certainly a solid approval, but one that Gilmour has lived up to since breaking through at Chelsea a few years ago.

Ironically, it was against Liverpool in a Carabao Cup tie that he truly announced himself to the footballing world.

Now, he has the chance to do the same again, but in a yellow and green strip rather than his customary blue number.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.