Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard is refusing to believe that tonight’s FA Cup fifth-round clash with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge has come at an ideal time for his players after the Reds’ unbeaten Premier League run came to end against Watford on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side travelled to Vicarage Road to face the relegation-threatened Hornets, who had failed to win any of their last six outings in league and cup, boasting an unbeaten record in the league of 44 matches, which dated back to January 2019.
However, that superb record came to an end, with Nigel Pearson’s side delivering an outstanding performance to record a shock 3-0 win.
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After suffering such a rare defeat, Liverpool’s players are bound to have felt the emotional effects of it, with the defeat ending any hopes they may have had of going the whole Premier League campaign unbeaten.
Despite the Reds set to arrive in West London still reeling from the weekend’s events, Blues boss Lampard does not believe that Liverpool’s defeat to Watford will offer any sort of added bonus to his players ahead of this evening’s highly-anticipated cup clash.
“It can go either way [being a good time to play them],” Lampard explained. “They became relatively human for one game, that can happen in this Premier League which is incredibly competitive.
“It shows how well they have done in the last year or so, especially this season. I can’t comment, this is a strong Liverpool team.”
When the two sides met in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge back in September, Klopp’s side ran out 2-1 winners.