An interesting debate has emerged on Twitter regarding Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard following the latter’s dismissal as Chelsea manager.
Lampard, 42, was forced to give up his post as Chelsea boss on Monday morning with Thomas Tuchel expected to replace the former England international as manager, per The Athletic.
He leaves Stamford Bridge with Chelsea ninth in the Premier League, through to the last-16 of the Champions League and the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Unsurprisingly, his axing as Blues manager has been a major talking point in the world of football, with a number of high-profile stars in the game voicing their opinion.
Lampard’s former national teammate Steven Gerrard said he was left “gutted” after hearing the news, but was not surprised given Chelsea’s history of sacking managers in the past.
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Lampard and Klopp debate
This prompted an interesting point from The Sunday Times’ Chief Football Correspondent Jonathan Northcroft. He made the case as to whether Klopp would have survived the sack from Roman Abramovic were he Chelsea boss at the same period of Lampard’s dismissal.
Lampard endured 84 matches as Chelsea boss. In that period, he won 44 matches, drawn 17 and lost 23.
Klopp, meanwhile, endured a similar vein of form during his first 18 months as Liverpool manager. After 84 matches, the German coach had won 41 games, drawn 27 and lost 16.
At that time, Klopp was outside the top-four and then went on to lose against Hull City and Leicester in his next three games. Still, Liverpool stuck by and backed the former Borussia Dortmund and Mainz head-coach.
As we all know, Klopp has since gone on to build a dynasty at Anfield, winning the Premier League and Champions League in recent seasons.
It should be said, that Northcroft’s case is to point out Abramavic’s lack of patience with managers as opposed to making a comparison between Klopp and Lampard.
There are a number of underlying differences that have to be factored if a comparison is to be made between the two managers.
For one, Klopp and Lampard both have contrasting experiences in management, to say the least.
Klopp has just under 20 years worth of experience in the game, while Lampard entered the world of management in 2018.
Also, both Klopp and Lampard have been forced to operate under financially different circumstances. Although the latter was forced to endure a transfer ban during his inaugural campaign, Lampard did spend over £200 million in signings the previous summer.
Klopp has never been afforded such a luxury since taking his post as Liverpool manager back in 2015. The Reds have a much more stringent policy when it comes to transfers.
Liverpool’s two record signings, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker were only made possible as a result of the £142m sale of Philippe Coutinho, after all.
With that said, a number of Liverpool fans were quick to point out the key fundamental differences between both Klopp and Lampard.
Here are a selection of responses…