Frank Lampard warns ‘arrogant’ Liverpool


Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has warned Liverpool not to get ‘too arrogant’ over their Premier League title win after being involved in a heated touchline row with Jurgen Klopp and his coaches.

The Blues boss was fuming with the decision to award the champions a first-half free-kick – which Trent Alexander-Arnold ruthlessly dispatched – and was unhappy with the behaviour of Liverpool’s dugout.

Lampard was fuming over the foul and equally annoyed with Liverpool’s bench, though he insists he has no issue with Klopp and was just angry in the heat of the moment.

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Asked about his row with Klopp, and the foul, Lampard told Sky Sports: ‘For me it wasn’t a foul from Kovacic, and there were a lot of things that were ongoing.

‘And on the bench, no, I’ve got no problem with Jurgen Klopp. He’s managed this team and it’s fantastic.

‘Some of the bench, it’s a fine line between when you’re winning – and they’ve won the league, fair play to Liverpool football club.

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‘But also don’t get too arrogant with it. That was my thing. But done. That’s it. It matters when you get emotional and that was it.’

On the match itself, Lampard continued: ‘It was extraordinary. Even when you say they threatened to run away with it, I thought we were in it because I could feel the way we were playing.

‘The first half, in terms of football, in the game we were in it. It was a turnover and a great strike, a non-foul that goes in the top corner and then terrible from us in defending a corner.

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‘But other than that, in match play, we were alright. So the goal gave us hope and the lads showed great character.

‘They’re a fantastic team and we can’t afford to make those mistakes.

‘But some of the stuff I saw from the team today, our team, was resilience, some quality, and at 4-3, if we don’t concede a fifth, I felt like we were coming, but not to be.’