Frank Lampard is still learning and his Anfield bust-up was another big lesson – Mirror Online

Amidst everything else he does so effortlessly well, Frank Lampard clearly has a sumptuous line in irony.

“It is a fine line between winning – fair play, they have won the league – but don’t get too arrogant with it.”

Says the man who as a player did a lot of his winning under Jose Mourinho.

No dug-out arrogance there, oh no.

Lampard did not take it any further and did not let his annoyance with some of the antics from the Liverpool bench on Wednesday undermine his praise for Jurgen Klopp and his team.

And for all their wonderful football and achievements, it is easy to see how the touchline behaviour of Klopp and his associates could wind up opposite numbers.

Frank Lampard lost his cool with Jurgen Klopp on Wednesday
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But also, it is equally easy to see why events at Anfield might have touched a Lampard nerve.

They were a reminder of Liverpool’s greatness and more crucially, a reminder of what might be kindly described as Lampard’s teething troubles at Chelsea.

He is a diamond, Frank, no doubt about it.

He will surely make a fine manager of Chelsea or another top-flight club.

He is good for the image of Chelsea FC, if that is something Roman Abramovich has suddenly come to care about, but Lampard is at the base of a steep learning curve.

Fifty-four Premier League goals conceded. Only seven teams have let in more.

At the same stage last season, Chelsea, under the much-maligned Maurizio Sarri had EIGHT points more than the current vintage. Their goal difference was ELEVEN better.

Lampard and his teammates certainly had an arrogant streak about them under Jose Mourinho
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Chelsea have lost 12 Premier League games and you have to go back over 20 years to find a season in which they lost more.

Lampard has his team in an FA Cup Final, which is nice. Carlo Ancelotti won an FA Cup and a Premier League in his first season and was sacked 12 months later. Sarri won the Europa League – Lampard’s Chelsea will, more than likely, soon be schooled again by Bayern Munich in the second leg of a Champions League tie in which the Germans already hold a three-goal advantage after the first one-sided game at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s entrance into next season’s Champions League will be dependent on them avoiding defeat against Wolves at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

There is no guarantee of that, not in the light of Chelsea’s defensive vulnerability.

Chelsea have splashed out on forward players Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner
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Yet how are Lampard and Chelsea’s recruitment department tackling that issue?

Not content with the progress of Christian Pulisic, they have signed Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech.

And they have increased their attacking options with the capture of Timo Werner.

But the truth is, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City apart, success is normally built on a solid defence.

Lampard should know, having been in the Mourinho side of 2004-05.

That team conceded an average of 0.39 goals per game as opposed to the 1.46 of the current one.

Chelsea again struggled defensively against Liverpool
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Lampard has been slightly unfortunate to be gifted an expensive keeper with half-bricks for boots, but his defensive organisation is slapdash at best.

He might yet go on to win an FA Cup in his first season as Chelsea manager and limp into the Premier League’s top four.

But for all this season’s promise, Lampard, at this level, is still learning to walk.

And the fractious night at Anfield was another lesson.