Frank Lampard has opened up on his midweek touchline row with Liverpool’s bench, saying they went ‘past the code’ of touchline conduct.
The Chelsea boss was furious at a decision to award Liverpool a free-kick seven minutes before the interval for what looked like a fair challenge on Sadio Mane by Matteo Kovacic, with Trent Alexander-Arnold stepping up and curling the ball into the back of Kepa Arrizabalaga’s net to rub salt in the wound.
Videos have been flying around social media this week showing Lampard’s expletive-laden rant in the direction of Jurgen Klopp and his bench, later going on to accuse the newly crowned champions of being ‘arrogant’.
Lampard has since admitted his ‘regret’ at the language he used, though defended the vociferous defence of his side, and has now opened up on the source of his frustrations.
“What is the code? Lots of managers will call for decisions and it may be right or wrong. And then you speak with each other,” Lampard said at his pre-match press conference.
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“But when people on the bench jump up and want to speak across to myself and then smirk and smile and then continue to do so for quite a while, I think that is past the code.”
He has repeatedly insisted that he has no issue with Jurgen Klopp, though it is thought that the behaviour of Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders was what riled the former England midfielder.
“I haven’t contacted Liverpool,” he said. “I shook Jurgen Klopp’s hand at the end and said, ‘Well done,’ and I would easily have sat and had a beer with him and congratulated him on what an incredible job he has done.”
Klopp denied Liverpool were ‘arrogant’ while adding that the Chelsea boss must ‘learn’ to control his emotions following the final whistle.