Chelsea have already got one over bitter rivals Liverpool – by snatching Timo Werner in the summer window.
The German striker was set to join the Reds until Frank Lampard’s Blues entered the race and landed him for £50million.
Lampard admits beating Jurgen Klopp to long-time Anfield target Werner was immensely satisfying.
The Chelsea manager, who fell out with Klopp during a touchline row at the end of last season, said: “When it’s competition from the likes of Liverpool or Man City, you need to state your best case to the player.
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“You have to try to sell the club, sell how you want the club to move forward. I do that to the best of my ability when speaking to players.
“With Timo, we were very, very keen to bring him in. And he needs to feel that from us. I loved everything that he said to me in those conversations.”
Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech have since followed Werner to SW6.
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Lampard added: “The manager player conversation is really important.
“The relationship needs to be good and positive going forwards.
“All you can do is your best as a club because you know the competition are doing their best. I think we can be happy that we’ve…