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Mane sure Pool will get a grip after blip


Billy Gilmour

Billy Gilmour

Billy Gilmour

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has vowed the Premier League leaders will produce the reaction of champions after seeing their FA Cup hopes ended at Chelsea.

The Reds suffered a shock first defeat of the league campaign at Watford and were on the end of a 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

Jurgen Klopp's men - beaten 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie at Atletico Madrid - must now regroup for the visit of Bournemouth, another team scrapping for points at the wrong end of the table.

Mane is confident the players will swiftly raise their game once again.

"We have another important game on Saturday (against Bournemouth) and then on Wednesday (against Atletico), so we will be ready and we will be back again," Mane said.

"This can happen in football and we are used to it. We just have to keep working hard and keep going if we want to be great champions."

Ross Barkley has tipped teenage midfielder Billy Gilmour to plug Chelsea's injury gaps in Sunday's Premier League clash with Everton.

The 18-year-old Scot belied his rookie status to boss Tuesday's 2-0 FA Cup win over Premier League champions-elect Liverpool, deservedly winning the man-of-the-match award.

Ex-Everton star Barkley is itching to face his old side having shaken off a long-standing foot issue earlier this term, but took the time to underline still further the searing potential in youngster Gilmour.

"For me it doesn't surprise me; I see him doing it in training every day, he doesn't have a day when he is struggling," Barkley said of his team-mate.

"For a young lad he is really mature with his ability on the ball, he makes the right decision most of the time. He is similar to Jorginho."