Frank Lampard once told Jurgen Klopp to “piss off” when visiting Anfield, but the Liverpool boss may have the last laugh on Sunday and possibly the end of the season
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The two Merseyside clubs couldn’t be further apart this season as Liverpool chase a quadruple record and go all the way Manchester City in which First League, while Everton struggle against relegation. It’s been a time of transition in the city as Liverpool have emerged as one of the best sides in the world, but Everton continue to fall.
When Klopp and Lampard faced each other in the past, it was when the current Everton boss was in charge Chelsea, and berated the German after a foul on Trent Alexander-Arnold. But Klopp may have the last laugh should his side beat Everton on Sunday as it could contribute to relegation.
Football behind closed doors is a thing of the past and hopefully won’t come back in the future either. But even though the stadiums were quiet and empty, fans could hear conversations that would normally be drowned out by spectators. And one conversation stands out when Lampard told Klopp to “flip” during a spit on the sidelines.
Feelings between the pair have remained strained since, although Lampard admitted he was “misguided” at the time and has reassured fans they get on well. And Lampard addressed the incident in his pre-game press conference.
“It was well intentioned at the time, a bit misguided from my point of view,” said Lampard. “But I can’t preach to my players to stay on the right side of the line and then say it’s okay if I do something wrong. I’ve seen Jürgen since then and everything is fine. We all make mistakes but keep going because we understand the passion of the game.”
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Klopp is already a Liverpool hero and will go down in his prestigious history as one of the great managers, but if he can help relegate Everton while chasing the Premier League title, he will be remembered forever. Everton are just a point ahead Burnley who currently occupy the last place in relegation despite having a game up their sleeves.
But Everton have the tougher games, making every point more valuable, although there’s an incentive for Lampard too. Not only can you take a big step toward safety with a win, you can ruin Liverpool’s title challenge.
There is no surprise in sight, however, and Klopp must seize the opportunity not only to chase on with City but also to make a statement against their bitter rivals. He has a chance to make a great piece of history and he should take it.
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With city shots Watford Liverpool need to win 5-1 on Saturday as any slip could dashed their hopes at this stage of the season. City are now four points ahead of Liverpool with Sunday’s Merseyside derby their game in hand.
Liverpool just need to keep their heads down and keep winning hoping City don’t, but Klopp needs to rally his troops to fight Everton. Not only Klopp is a hero, every member of the team he put together is also considered a king by the fans.
Even if Klopp and Lampard may have reconciled in the meantime, according to the Everton boss, the German can still go one better. And it will happen in the most brutal way for both Lampard and Everton as a football club.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/liverpool-everton-klopp-lampard-relegation-26782667 Jurgen Klopp has the last laugh after Frank Lampard told the Liverpool boss to fuck off.