Chelsea will reportedly not take any action against manager Frank Lampard for his expletive-laden rant on the touchline against Liverpool on Wednesday.
Footage emerged which shows the moment the Chelsea boss lost his cool and exploded into a heated, foul-mouthed argument with Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool bench, repeatedly telling his counterpart to ‘f*** off’.
The confrontation arose following a Chelsea foul which led to Liverpool’s second goal, but as first reported by The Times, there will be no punishment forthcoming from Chelsea for Lampard.
After the game, Lampard accused Liverpool of being ‘arrogant’, telling Sky Sports: ‘I’ve got no problem with Jurgen Klopp, he has managed this team and it is fantastic.
‘Some of the bench, it is a fine line between when you are winning and they have won the league, fair play to Liverpool Football Club but also don’t get too arrogant with it. In matchplay you get emotional and that is it.’
With his side trailing at Anfield following Naby Keita’s opener, Lampard saw the red mist descend when a foul was given on the edge of the Chelsea area.
The Blues boss immediately began to boil over at the referee’s decision, and responded immediately after hearing murmurings from the Liverpool section of the dug-out.
‘How is that a foul? There’s no foul there,’ Lampard shouted, taking steps towards Liverpool boss Klopp before the fourth official intervened.
‘Sit down then,’ Lampard could be heard barking at the German, before getting more irate as Klopp gestured a calm down motion with his outstretched arms.
Lampard then turned his attention to Liverpool’s No.2 Pep Lijnders, as Klopp could be heard slowly repeating: ‘calm down, calm down.’
‘If he’s going off at me I’ll f****** say something,’ Lampard appeared to reply sharply to Klopp, while pointing an outstretched arm towards the seated Lijnders.
The Chelsea manager could then be seen pacing away in the opposite direction, before turning on his heels and once more getting embroiled in confrontation.
Pointing at his own substitute’s bench and then back towards the Liverpool dug-out, Lampard looked to be addressing Klopp’s assistant Lijnders directly.
‘It’s not a f****** foul, I’m not asking you!’ barked Lampard, before Klopp could finally be seen to lose his own temper and scream a high-pitched ‘hey’ back at the Chelsea man.
‘You can f*** off and all,’ Lampard appeared to say, with the adrenaline pumping. ‘You think you can give it the big one, f*** off.’
The officials quickly intervened between the two managers to take Lampard away from the situation, before he offered his final words to Klopp regarding the Liverpool bench: ‘Tell them to have respect, sit down,’ he added.
To add salt to the wounds, Trent Alexander-Arnold went on to score from the free-kick for Liverpool’s second of the night – the Premier League champions went on to win a 5-3 thriller, with Chelsea’s fight for a top-four spot going to the final day on Sunday.
The Blues host Wolves at Stamford Bridge while the other two contenders, Leicester and Manchester United, face off at the King Power Stadium.