Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has spoken out about his outburst against Liverpool during their Premier League clash at Anfield last season.
The two English heavyweights locked horns in a thrilling eight-goal fiesta which saw the champions defeat Lampard’s side 5-3 in July on the night that the Reds lifted the league trophy.
The frustrations evidently got to the Chelsea legend, who launched an expletive-laden verbal attack on the Reds’ assistant coach Pep Lijnders. It sparked a lot of reaction on social media with many Liverpool fans backing Jurgen Klopp’s retaliation to Lampard’s outburst.
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However, the former England international has addressed his behaviour head-on whilst speaking to the High Performance Podcast (via Caught Offside).
“Yeah, I did regret that [the outburst],” Lampard admitted. “When it broke the next day and a friend of mine sent it to me in the morning, I was a bit embarrassed by it.”
Despite a tough penultimate match, Chelsea went on to beat Wolves 2-0 in their final league game of the season and cement a top four finish. The Blues have since had a very impressive transfer window, welcoming the likes of Timo Werner, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz to the club.
“Because I was in the moment, but in the moment, I felt we turned up and it was the easiest day for Liverpool ever,” the Blues boss continued. “They won the league, they went goals up early in the game. And a few things happened with the bench, I’m not going to go into detail, but my feeling was, ‘I want to protect my club’.”
Lampard will be looking to put the whole ordeal behind him and start afresh this season as he hopes to challenge Liverpool once more – only this time, he will hope he has done enough in the transfer window to bridge the gap between them and last season’s champions.
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