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Klopp Praises Frank Lampard Ahead of Chelsea Match

It’s the former Chelsea player’s first season in charge.

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As Liverpool prepare for the battle against Chelsea on Wednesday, Jurgen Klopp took some time out to praise the work of Chelsea manager and former player Frank Lampard. It’s Lampard’s first year in charge of the Blues, and it’s still very early in his managerial career.

“Frank is doing an exceptional job - not only at Chelsea either, he did really, really well at Derby already,” Klopp complimented.

“[He] faced quite a challenge at Chelsea because I think when you are Chelsea manager… I don’t think anybody expected the title this year from them, but everybody expected them to qualify for the Champions League because that’s what we all need as clubs, that’s how it is, and that, in a really, really strong league, is always a challenge. It was for us always and will always be for us, that’s how it is.”

Chelsea currently sit in third place with Leicester and Manchester United right behind them. They’ve also fought to a place in the FA Cup final, so Lampard has the opportunity to lead his team to a trophy in his first season.

While Liverpool haven’t rediscovered their unbeatable form from before the shutdown, Chelsea will still have a lot to do when they come to Anfield on Wednesday. Liverpool are playing their final home game, and after the game they get to lift the Premier League trophy, so they’ll want a victory to start the night off right.