Lam­pard tells Liver­pool not to get ‘too ar­ro­gant’

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Tom Morgan SportS newS Cor­re­Spon­dent

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)

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