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Frank Lampard: You’ve spent big too, Jurgen

Into the Reds: Chelsea boss Lampard PICTURE: GETTY

FRANK LAMPARD has hit back at Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool manager’s pointed comments about Chelsea’s summer spending.

The Blues have invested around £200million on Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Malang Sarr and are interested in a deal for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Klopp, who has signed only one player, said the Reds have had success ‘by being the club we are’, adding: ‘We cannot change that overnight and say “now we want to behave like Chelsea”. We live in a world at the moment with a lot of uncertainty. For some clubs it seems to be less important how uncertain the future is. Owned by countries, owned by oligarchs, that’s the truth.’

Before tonight’s Premier League opener at Brighton, Chelsea boss Lampard responded by saying: ‘With Liverpool it’s a fantastic story of a club over four-and-a-half, five years since Klopp’s been there where they’ve managed to get recruitment right to a high level and the reality is, probably other than maybe Leicester, which is an incredible story, most clubs who have won the Premier League in the modern day recruited at quite a high level money-wise.

‘You can go through the Liverpool players — [Virgil] van Dijk, Alisson, [Roberto] Firmino, [Naby] Keita, [Sadio] Mane, [Mohamed] Salah — incredible players who have come at a very high price and Liverpool have done it over a period of time.

‘What we’ve done is come off a (transfer) ban and try to address the situation and try to improve. It’s par for the course (spending big) and we all know that. There’s no point in doing the maths too much with it — we know Liverpool have spent at a high level, they have an incredible coach and have incredible players.

‘The smart thing Liverpool have done is believe in their coach and believe in their system for a number of years, so it’s a great story.

‘But it’s a story that has spent money on players and this summer we’ve spent money on players, and now the hard work has begun.’