Frank Lampard has described Liverpool as an “incredible team” with an “incredible story” and an “incredible manager” in Jurgen Klopp.
Lampard is utterly incredulous at the form of the Premier League leaders, who have established a 16-point gap with a game in hand by late January.
It is the culmination of four years’ work for Klopp, who has transformed Liverpool after replacing Brendan Rodgers in October 2015.
Lampard hopes to oversee a similar spell of dominance at Chelsea – even if his current time is being spent dragged into debates by Roy Keane.
The pundit dropped Lampard into a heated conversation with Jamie Carragher on Sunday and while it took the Chelsea boss by surprise, he agreed with the general point of giving a manager time.
“Where they were coming from on Liverpool, my feeling was they have a great manager and a great team,” he said.
“Jurgen Klopp doesn’t run 70 yards up the pitch and stick that in the net, but what he does is coach and create an environment and an atmosphere so it’s two ways – players and coaching.
“My job now is not to concern myself too much with that sort of stuff because it can throw you both ways.
“In terms of coaches and managers and I listen to them intently, because you look at Jurgen Klopp and I think he’s an incredible manager, and he has had four years there to build this incredible team.
“So that’s probably, as I saw it, a mixture of young players who have come through and improved and he takes credit for that, some fantastic recruitment of some players who have certainly improved over the course of that four years and then some big-hitting signings that really hit home and came in at the right time.
“So it’s a beautiful model to look at. Everybody’s different, but he has had time and opportunity to bring in players for his style and the way he wants to play. So that’s an incredible story.
“When it comes to Ole or myself, you do want time and you do want put all those things in place, young players that take time to develop and get better, recruitment will be hugely important over the next two windows, and we hope, not in trying to follow a Liverpool model, that we get things right and we move forward.
“For my point a view, all I want to do is work and work and work to try to get the best scenario for Chelsea.”