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Frank Lampard has shrugged off Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, installing Chelsea as the favorite for the Premier League title.
From Liverpool The title defense has already been besieged by a sizable injury list, although Klopp’s Reds, who are in second place, are tied on points with leaders Tottenham.
Chelsea is in third place and is now undefeated in nine league games, with Klopp having praised the Blues team’s “incredible” strength in scoring. From Lampard but for glory.
However, Stamford Bridge boss Lampard was quick to shake off Klopp’s tip. He insists that his third place Blues is still a work in progress after his £ 220 million summer recruiting drive.
“I’m not sure anyone really went for it,” Lampard said of Klopp making Chelsea the favorite for the title.
“I think Liverpool and Manchester City seem to be the favorites of almost everyone, when they perform as they have done in the last three years, building the teams that they have in the last few years. Very well.
Even with the injuries, you look at the Liverpool team, the team that they got out last night (against the Wolves), they get by with those injuries. They have a great squad and most Premier League teams do.
“Tottenham is in the equation, as is Manchester United and also others at the moment. It’s very narrow. “
When asked if Klopp’s claim was a clear case of mind games, Lampard said: “I don’t know, but you can have your opinion.
“I think it’s pretty clear where we are. We are in good shape at the moment, but as I keep saying, we have players who have entered, some younger players and players who have just made it to the Premier League.
“Teams like City and Liverpool have been very successful with very established players in positions who have performed at a really high level in the Premier League.
“So we are trying to go and achieve that, and that requires a lot of consistency over the next few months.”
No pressure to sell the Chelsea star
Frank Lampard insists he is not under pressure to sell Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Lampard revealed the International Spain will start Tuesday’s dead rubber Champions League clash with Krasnodar at Stamford Bridge.
The 26-year-old will make his first appearance since October, having escaped from the team following the arrival of £ 20 million Edouard Mendy from Rennes.
Kepa became a world record of £ 71 million for a goalkeeper when he joined Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao in 2018, but has failed to convince at Stamford Bridge and especially with Lampard.
Lampard previously admitted that Kepa was struggling with his confidence and form, but Chelsea have already won Group E, leaving Tuesday’s clash as the ideal opportunity to rotate resources.
Chelsea could reasonably seek to cut Kepa’s losses, but Lampard insisted that the club’s board has not made such moves.
When asked if he was under pressure to keep Kepa going, Lampard said: “No, there is no pressure. The pressure, and I’m not saying that this has been talked about, is to win games.
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“I have to do the right thing game by game, of course.
“And Mendy has become a permanent fixture right now.
“Because the pressure to win games means that I choose the fit people, goalkeeper, forward, winger, whoever.” Read more…