Frank Lampard says Liverpool’s bench ‘crossed the line’ and he DOESN’T regret standing up to Jurgen Klopp in his ‘f*** off’ Anfield row… but admits he wishes he had reined in his bad language
- Frank Lampard has insisted Liverpool’s bench ‘crossed the line’ after a huge row
- The Chelsea boss was angered by the conduct of Jurgen Klopp’s coaching staff
- Lampard still feels aggrieved by his counterpart’s behaviour, he has revealed
- But he does regret using foul language after footage circulated on social media
Frank Lampard has doubled down on his view that Liverpool’s bench ‘crossed the line’ but did reveal regrets over language used when confronting Jurgen Klopp during a blazing row on Wednesday night.
Footage emerged which shows the moment the Chelsea boss lost his cool and exploded into a heated, foul-mouthed argument with Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool bench, repeatedly telling his counterpart to ‘f*** off’.
Lampard has insisted that he will always stand up for his team, but did admit he was regretful over some of the foul language used during the incident.
Frank Lampard insists Liverpool’s bench ‘crossed the line’ during a blazing row on Wednesday
The pair had a heated exchange as Liverpool beat Chelsea 5-3 earlier this week
LAMPARD V KLOPP: WHAT WAS SAID
FL: ‘How is that a foul? There’s no foul there! [To Pep Lijnders] Sit down then’
JK: ‘Calm down, calm down… don’t talk to my No.2…’
FL: ‘No, no, if he’s going off at me, I’ll f****** say something!’
Unknown member of Liverpool bench: ‘It’s still a foul’
FL: ‘It’s not a f****** foul! I’m not asking you. Shut up.’
FL: ‘F*** off you as well! One title you’ve won and you’re f*****g giving it the big ‘un F*** off! [To Lee Mason] Tell them to have respect and sit down.’
LM: ‘Alright, Jurgen’
‘I’ve seen the video, I was there. In terms of language used, I regret it because I’ve got two young daughters on social media,’ he said in the press conference before the Wolves game on Sunday.
‘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.’
Chelsea will reportedly not take any action against manager Frank Lampard for his expletive-laden rant on the touchline against Liverpool on Wednesday.
Footage emerged showing the extent of Frank Lampard’s rant aimed at the Liverpool bench
Lampard was heard telling Liverpool’s coaching staff to ‘f*** off’ in the heated exchange
The confrontation arose following a Chelsea foul which led to Liverpool’s second goal, but there will be no punishment forthcoming from Chelsea for Lampard.
After the game, Lampard accused Liverpool of being ‘arrogant’, telling Sky Sports: ‘I’ve got no problem with Jurgen Klopp, he has managed this team and it is fantastic.
‘Some of the bench, it is a fine line between when you are winning and they have won the league, fair play to Liverpool Football Club but also don’t get too arrogant with it. In matchplay you get emotional and that is it.’
With his side trailing at Anfield following Naby Keita’s opener, Lampard saw the red mist descend when a foul was given on the edge of the Chelsea area.
The Blues boss immediately began to boil over at the referee’s decision, and responded immediately after hearing murmurings from the Liverpool section of the dug-out.
Lampard wishes he used softer language but stressed he would always defend his team
‘How is that a foul? There’s no foul there,’ Lampard shouted, taking steps towards Liverpool boss Klopp before the fourth official intervened.
‘Sit down then,’ Lampard could be heard barking at the German, before getting more irate as Klopp gestured a calm down motion with his outstretched arms.
Lampard then turned his attention to Liverpool’s No.2 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 reply sharply to Klopp, while pointing an outstretched arm towards the seated Lijnders.
The Chelsea boss is preparing to face Wolves on Sunday to secure Champions League football
Lampard is eager to move on from the saga, with Chelsea requiring just one point from their final game to secure Champions League football next season.
The Blues host Wolves, who are looking to secure Europa League football for a second successive season after yet another strong campaign.
‘They have gone on to bigger and better things, built up over time,’ he said of Sunday’s opponents. ‘The manager has a great sense of humility and work ethic. That’s why it will be such a hard game. They’ve had a big workload.
‘Credit to how they are managed. Have a lot of talent and an identity with a unique way of making it difficult. It’s a great story, full respect for the year they’ve had.’