Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp gives verdict on Frank Lampard’s first season at Chelsea



Jurgen Klopp thinks Frank Lampard has had a ‘brilliant’ start at Chelsea (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed the ‘exceptional job’ Frank Lampard has done in his first season as Chelsea boss ahead of their sides meeting in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

The Blues sit third in the Premier League table with two games to play, on course to qualify for the Champions League if they can get over the line.

The west Londoners also booked their place in the FA Cup final by beating Manchester United on Sunday, so there is a chance for Lampard to finish his first season in charge with a trophy, if his side can beat Arsenal at Wembley.

Chelsea knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup on their way to the final, so Klopp has seen up close the job Lampard is doing at Stamford Bridge, and he has been thoroughly impressed by the Englishman.

‘He and [Mikel] Arteta in the FA Cup final, that is really impressive,’ Klopp told a press conference. ‘A proper team with some interesting decisions.


‘It shows that he used his playing time not just to move his legs. He learned a lot. Really prepared for the job. Still young. 100% ready for it though.

‘With managers, one day you are the one to be and the next you are not. Frank is doing an exceptional job.

‘He did well at Derby, a big challenge at Chelsea, no-one expected a title but to qualify for the Champions League in a really strong league. He’s done brilliantly.’

Lampard has not actually secured a Champions League finish just yet as defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday, and a victory for Manchester United over West Ham, would leave a nervy final day of the season on Sunday.

Chelsea host Wolves and would need a result, because if they were to lose and Leicester beat Manchester United, the Blues would find themselves fifth in the table after being in the top four for many months.

Manchester United v Chelsea - FA Cup: Semi Final

Lampard has the chance to finish off his first season as Chelsea boss in fine fashion (Picture: Getty Images)

Speaking ahead of the clash with Liverpool at Anfield, Lampard admitted his team have a long way to go before they can claim to be on the level of the new Premier League champions.

‘We have a long way to go. We have to be realistic about that as a club as do many other clubs,’ he said.

‘Liverpool and Manchester City have shown an incredible consistency that only comes through hard work and with fantastic players and fantastic coaching.

‘We’re at a different point in the curve and we have to respect that and work towards it. The points don’t lie over the last few seasons but we have to have some strong targets and we want to close that gap.’

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