Lampard hits out at Liverpool’s coaching staff for their behaviour after loss
Frank Lampard was left fuming following the celebrations of Liverpool’s players and staff after they defeated Chelsea 5-3 in their penultimate Premier League game of the season.
Naby Keita, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Giorginio Wijnaldum set the hosts on their way before Olivier Giroud hit back then Roberto Firmino restored the lead, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sealed the win after Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic threatened a comeback.
The champions and their backroom staff had left Lampard annoyed with their behaviour on the bench during the game, and in the aftermath of the game Sadio Mane can be seen embracing the boss in an Instagram Live video.
Lampard told Sky Sports after the game: ‘I’ve got no problem with Jurgen Klopp, he has managed this team and it is fantastic.
Some of the bench, it is a fine line between when you are winning and they have won the league, fair play to Liverpool Football Club but also don’t get too arrogant with it.
In matchplay you get emotional and that is it.’
Lampard and Klopp can be seen to exchange words at several points throughout the game in what was a highly-charged affair at Anfield.
Klopp can be seen gesturing towards Lampard as the fourth official attempts to come between the two managers on the touchline.
Lampard’s Chelsea currently sit fourth in the Premier League table with one game remaining of the season.
They are level on points with third-placed Manchester United and one point ahead of Leicester in fifth.
They most likely need to avoid defeat at home to Wolves on the final day – with Manchester United and Leicester playing each other – to seal Champions League football.
Lampard insisted there were positives to take from the game, but admitted that it was frutrating to have conceded five goals.
He said: ‘I wouldn’t talk about individuals in a game in which we have conceded those goals – some were real quality Liverpool finishes especially the free kick.
‘There were some collective and individual errors for them but what we did do was contribute to a really good game.
‘At 4-3 I felt we might get back in the game. We know where we are at we know if we make mistakes against a team with the quality of Liverpool that can happen. There were a lot of good things in the game.
‘We have two big domestic games to play this week and it is important to be together – players, fans everybody to try and finish the season how we want.’
The Chelsea legend also wants to see his young side step up to the plate and show they can handle the pressure that comes with competing for league titles.
He added: ‘They have to embrace that and take it on. We have a mix of youth and hopefully that youthfulness can sometimes help but we also have players who have been situations like this before and know what the territory is like to play for a top club.
‘Also we should have a feeling of achievement to this point. If we were offered this at the start of the season then not many people expected us to be in the top four race but we have it in our own hands.
‘We are at the Bridge we have a really strong opponent coming in Wolves and it is up to us. I have belief in the players. We have to carry it on for one more game in the league.’