Frank Lampard accuses Liverpool of ‘crossing the line’ in touchline row

Frank Lampard, Manager of Chelsea and Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool speak during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors.

Lampard was furious with Klopp and the Liverpool bench (Picture: Getty)

Frank Lampard accused Liverpool’s bench of ‘crossing the line’ during a heated touchline row in their win over his Chelsea side.

Lampard was visibly furious – appearing to tell Reds boss Jurgen Klopp to ‘f**k off’ – after Mateo Kovacic was penalised for a soft foul, with Trent Alexander-Arnold then dispatching the subsequent free-kick.

At the time, Lampard grew frustrated with Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders for telling the fourth official that it was not a foul, with Klopp telling him to ‘calm down’.

Lampard was then riled by Klopp’s other assistant Peter Krawietz who stoked the fire by claiming it was a ‘clear foul’.

His frustration grew and there were audible gasps on the Liverpool bench when he shouted: ‘Only title you’ve ever won and you’re f***ing giving it the big un, f*** off!’

Lijnders then celebrated wildly when Alexander-Arnold scored – virtually rushing onto the pitch – and Lampard admitted he is still fuming with the behaviour of Klopp’s backroom staff.

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool gestures towards Frank Lampard, Manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors.

Klopp and Lampard clashed (Picture: Pool via Getty)

‘I’ve seen the video, I was there,’ Lampard said ahead of Chelsea’s final day Premier League clash with Burnley.

‘In terms of language used, I regret it because I’ve got two young daughters on social media.

‘In terms of passion to defend my team? No.

‘I could have handled it differently but some of the reports were I was upset with the celebrations. Far from it.

‘They can celebrate like every goal…. I’d have had a beer with Jurgen Klopp after the game but there were things on the bench, not from Klopp, that I felt crossed a line. I regret the language but we’ll move on.’

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