His Chelsea side were well beaten at Anfield on Wednesday night, but Frank Lampard looked to be more concerned by the antics on the Liverpool bench during the match.
After a free-kick was given against Mateo Kovacic, TV pictures showed an incensed Lampard taking opposite number, Jurgen Klopp, to task, it appears because of the actions of one of his staff.
An over-reaction to the decision from Pep Lijnders seems to have sparked the Chelsea manager’s ire, and despite his relative inexperience in the role, Lampard showed the type of backbone needed to make a success of his job at the elite level.
He fired a broadside at the Reds after the game too.
“For me it wasn’t a foul from Kovacic,” he told Sky Sports, cited by the Daily Mirror.
“There were a lot of things that were ongoing and on the bench … I’ve got no problem with Jurgen Klopp, he’s managed this team and it’s fantastic.
“Some of the bench, it’s a fine line between when you are winning – and they’ve won the league, fair play to Liverpool Football Club – but also don’t get too arrogant with it.
“That was my thing, but [it’s] done. In match play you get emotional and that was it.”
With the signings of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig and Hakim Ziyech from Ajax already in the bag, as well as the expected capture of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen, the Blues will be expecting to challenge for honours next season.
Clearly, Lampard isn’t going to be a manager to be messed with as they look to bridge the gap with this season’s champions.