Lampard warns ‘arrogant’ Liverpool after PL title triumph

Date published: Thursday 23rd July 2020 8:57

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Frank Lampard has warned Liverpool not to get “too arrogant” following the Chelsea boss’ touchline disagreement with Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool completed third successive league season unbeaten at home after taking a first-half lead with goals from Naby Keita, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Olivier Giroud pulled one back just before the interval but Roberto Firmino’s first Anfield goal of the campaign looked to have put the match beyond Lampard’s side until substitutes Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic made a game of it.


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Ultimately, it took Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s late goal to end the nerves to seal a 5-3 victory and kick-start the party.

Lampard was unhappy with the first-half decision to award Liverpool a free-kick – which Alexander-Arnold scored from – and he didn’t like the behaviour on the Reds bench during the incident.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Lampard said: “For me it wasn’t a foul from [Mateo] 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.

“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, 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.

“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.”

 

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