Back in the day we hated the sight of him. Frank Lampard is one of Chelsea’s greatest ever players, he holds the record for the most goals for the club with 211. Since retiring from playing he has stepped into management, guiding Derby County to a playoff final before returning to Stamford Bridge to takeover a transfer ban stricken Chelsea side. He has been forced to do a lot with a little this season, having to rely on youth talents given the Blues’ embargo on any new additions. Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s visit to London this weekend, Reds boss Jürgen Klopp has spoken very highly of the West-End manager.
“I really think he’s a really, really good manager,” were the German’s words – as reported by the Liverpool Echo on the 20th of September 2019. Lampard has come in for some criticism this week after his side limped to a disappointingly impotent 1-0 home loss to Valencia. The Blues were punished in the 74th minute by a determined Spanish side that set up to frustrate the hosts. The visitors managed to thwart the Chelsea midfield and didn’t concede many chances as a result. With Fabinho in fine fettle the Valencia game should give Kopites encouragement.
Jürgen Klopp is wary of the threat that this weekend’s opponents pose, he continued “they play exciting football…of course he has the player’s worried”. Liverpool were resolute in their defence against Napoli and should feel very hard done by to have lost 2-0. Whether or not Lampard’s ‘exciting’ football will be enough to find a way past the best defence in England remains to be seen.