Lampard tells Liverpool not to get ‘too arrogant’
Frank Lampard warned that Premier League champions Liverpool should not get “too arrogant”, after a touchline dispute in which he launched foul-mouthed abuse at his opposite number, Jurgen Klopp.
Footage shared online shows the red mist descending on the Chelsea head coach after a foul was given for a challenge by Mateo Kovacic on Sadio Mane with Chelsea trailing 1-0 at Anfield.
“How is that a foul? There’s no foul there,” Lampard appeared to shout towards Klopp before shouting “sit down then” at the German. Lampard then turned his attention to Liverpool’s No2 Pep Lijnders, as Klopp could be heard slowly repeating: “Calm down, calm down.”
“If he’s going off at me I’ll f-----say something,” Lampard appeared to say towards Klopp, while pointing an outstretched arm towards the seated Lijnders.
After Klopp eventually screams back at Lampard, the Chelsea coach shrieked: “You can f--- off and all … you think you can give it the big one, f--- off.”
After officials intervened, Lampard is heard saying: “Tell them to have respect, sit down.”
Lampard’s mood lightened later, as he was seen congratulating the Liverpool players inside their changing room following Chelsea’s 5-3 defeat and after the home players collected their Premier League winners’ medals.
The dispute came just before Trent Alexander-Arnold bent a free-kick around the wall and past Kepa Arrizabalaga to make the score 2-0. Asked about the confrontation, Lampard later said that he had no problem with Klopp.
“For me, it wasn’t a foul from
Kovacic, and there were a lot of things that weren’t going our way,” he said. “But I’ve not got a problem with Jurgen Klopp. The way he’s managed this team has been fantastic.”
He added later: “Fair play to Liverpool, they’ve won the league, but also don’t get too arrogant with it. That was my point. But it’s done. In match play, you can get emotional and that was it.”
Chelsea need a draw against Wolves on the final day of the season on Sunday to qualify for the Champions League.
Klopp, meanwhile, promised Liverpool fans that, “When this bulls--- virus is gone, we will celebrate together”.
There was no stopping his players from enjoying the achievement, however, as they were joined by family members amid wild scenes inside Anfield.
With supporters urged to watch at home, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum was among players to live-stream celebrations with a 23-minute video where each player received their medal before finally lifting the Premier League trophy. James Milner is seen on the footage aiming a dig at Manchester United. “First time I ever wanted a red ribbon,” he said.
There were later scenes of champagne-soaked team-mates dancing around the dressing room. Virgil van Dijk posted a selfie saying: “Just a kid from Breda, becoming a Premier League champion. This is a dream come true, but also an opportunity for me to remind every kid in the world that anything is possible.”
Mane also took Liverpool fans behind the scenes, posting footage which included Lampard making a surprise appearance. He approached Mane, put his arm around the forward and said: “Well done, congratulations,” as he gave a smile for the camera.
Joy: Defender Virgil van Dijk with the trophy during the celebrations at Anfield last night
Touchline clash: Frank Lampard, (back to camera in main picture) gestures angrily at Jurgen Klopp after Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic brings down Sadio Mane (above). From the resulting free-kick Trent Alexander-Arnold makes it 2-0 to Liverpool (right)