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Frank Lampard 'regrets' Liverpool spat after X-rated Jurgen Klopp row

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea's Frank Lampard
-Credit: (Image: 2020 Pool)


Jurgen Klopp's time at Anfield may be over with fans able to recall hundreds of memorable moments but there's perhaps one famous managerial spat in particular that stands out.

The infamous encounter between Klopp and then Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard took place in 2020 when Liverpool hosted the Blues at Anfield. The incident was a fiery episode on a night Reds fans won't forget as Liverpool lifted the Premier League trophy, for the first time in three decades, after the game.

Liverpool had recently been crowned Premier League champions and were preparing for the huge trophy-lifting ceremony, albeit in an Anfield without fans due to pandemic restrictions.

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The Reds were even more buoyed to hoist the trophy aloft for the first time in 30 years after they emphatically beat Lampard's team 5-3, however, tempers flared on the touchline and the former Chelsea hotshot was caught in an X-rated war of words with Liverpool's German boss.

Lampard, who had stints at Derby, Chelsea and Everton as boss, was heard saying to Klopp: "Only league title you've ever won and you're f****** giving it the big 'un… f*** off!"

The clash went viral and was a talking point amongst online supporters for some time after, however, the former Chelsea man later opened up on his regret about the flare-up with Klopp. Speaking to The Optus Sport Football Podcast in December 2022, the then-Everton manager said: "I've got to be careful to say that I'd never do it again because if I do you can replay this.

"I regret my wording, I don't regret my passion and I probably regret there were no fans in the stadium to drown out the noise because these things do happen and we see them."

Frank Lampard and Jurgen Klopp speak during the match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on July 22, 2020
Frank Lampard and Jurgen Klopp speak during the match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield -Credit:Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Lampard did acknowledge the pressure of the occasion could have played a part in his outburst, with Liverpool in celebration mode while his Chelsea team were in a fight for the top four. The ex-Derby boss did admit however that he could have kept himself in check better while understanding the pressure on elite managers and the effect that can have.

"When I see another manager, I appreciate the passion and I understand the pressures and the reality of that game was that we were fighting to be in the Champions League positions in the last three games or whatever it was," he said. "Liverpool were in party mode because they were going to be given the Premier League trophy after the game so it was a pressure game for us and maybe that's just how I am and maybe you've just got to control yourself better at different times."

The moment perhaps became even more iconic as in the immediate aftermath of the fracas between the pair, Trent Alexander-Arnold then rifled in a stunning free kick to give the Reds a 2-0 lead and leave a bashful Lampard staring down the barrel of a heavy defeat. Nevertheless, the ex-Man City man made no secret of his admiration for Klopp following the fallout.

"I've got a lot of respect for Jurgen Klopp so after the event you think that it was too much and when up against a manager you respect and maybe you should word it differently but I kind of stand by my passion at the moment it happened. I was defending my team, I felt that at the moment," he said.

Frank Lampard with Jurgen Klopp at Anfield
Frank Lampard and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp after their Anfield bust-up -Credit:Photo by PHIL NOBLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Lampard also divulged that his blow-up with Klopp forced him to feel repentant about how the moment could have impacted his personal life and that in the moment he lost sight of his responsibility as the manager of a football club, he added: "I had a bit of regret the next day as I had to ring my elder daughters who were probably among the viewers, they were 15 and 16 at the time.

"So then you realise you're representing the football club and you have to act in a certain way and I'd overstepped the line that day so I regret that side of it."

Lampard left Chelsea after being dismissed in January 2021 and went to manage Everton for a year before securing a return to Stamford Bridge on an interim basis in April 2023.

Lampard has been out of work as a manager for some time but he will be back in the dugout at Soccer Aid this weekend managing an England team that's taking on a World IX for charity.