Lampard: Chelsea ‘the better team’ in Liverpool loss

Will Ford

Frank Lampard believes Chelsea were “the better team” in their 2-1 loss to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge and praised the “character and spirit” of his team.

Liverpool took an early two-goal lead after some questionable defending by The Blues allowed Trent Alexander-Arnold to fire in from a short free-kick before Roberto Firmino planted a free header into the Chelsea net.

But Chelsea grew into the game and missed a host of chances to draw the game after N’Golo Kante had reduced the deficit with a fine individual run and strike.

“Performance wise we were the better team. We had more energy in our game, character and spirit. That’s why the crowd applauded at the end. Let’s take this forward.

[On Mason Mount’s disallowed goal]: “I like to think we might get a couple in our favour. But you can see Mason is a tiny bit offside.

“We have to get on with it. It is a sad thing for the celebration and the moment but if we are looking for correct decisions that is where we are at.

“It changes the atmosphere in the crowd, on the pitch. We are slightly deflated and they get a boost. We deserved to be level at that point.

“No home wins we want to change and I believe we will if we play like that. The reality is younger players have come into the team. We lost two number 9s we had last year and we can’t change that.

“People say the [transfer] ban is a bad thing for Chelsea and in the short term, of course, but in the long term if we can have a vision, with the likes of [Fikayo] Tomori, Mason [Mount], Tammy [Abraham], then hopefully it will be really good for us but in the short term there might be occasions with things like today happen.”