It doesn’t happen every week, but when Frank Lampard loses his cool on the touchline, whether in victory of defeat, the calm and collected persona changes drastically as he allows his passion and emotion to take over.
The Chelsea boss was unhappy with the conduct of the Liverpool bench on Wednesday, particularly Jurgen Klopp’s No 2 Pep Lijnders, ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick in the 5-3 defeat at Anfield.
Lampard repeatedly shouted ‘f*** off’ in the direction of the Reds dugout, and was embroiled in a heated exchange with opposite number Klopp.
When asked afterwards about the dialogue, Lampard said: ‘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.’
But does Lampard have a point, or is it a case of sour grapes from the Chelsea manager, who himself has indulged in passionate animations and goading of his own during his first two years in management?
Even from his very first game in management, at the helm at Derby against Reading in August 2018, Lampard enjoyed a last-minute Tom Lawrence winner at the Madjeski Stadium to the max.
Arms stretched wide, Lampard embraced his backroom team before fist-pumping in the direction of the home stand, as he got his managerial career off to a dramatic but memorable start.
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However, in a season where he guided the Rams to the Championship play-off final, it was the raucous scenes after full-time in the semi-final which really stood out.
After a season-long feud with Leeds United following what became known as ‘spygate’, and Lampard’s angry reaction to Marcelo Bielsa’s open admittance of spying on his opponents, the two teams met with a place at Wembley and a shot at the Premier League on the line.
Trailing after the first leg, Lampard’s side stunned favourites Leeds at Elland Road, and the whole Derby squad milked the victory in the aftermath.
Following emotional scenes on the pitch, Lampard and the Derby squad celebrated and goaded Leeds fans with their own song about ‘Spygate’ and the then-Rams boss, wildly bouncing up and down while singing ‘Stop crying Frank Lampard!’
Lampard himself was in the middle of it all, his suit drenched in champagne, and mimicking crying to the cameras of players recording in the dressing room.
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Yet after racking up a £2,800 bill following a post-match party, Lampard’s side lost to Aston Villa in the final, missing out on promotion.
Well, Derby did anyway. Lampard, a Chelsea cult hero, was appointed the club’s new manager last summer and in a mixed Premier League season has certainly indulged in some elaborate celebrations after key goals and victories.
A match-up against former boss Jose Mourinho at Tottenham in December brought about a passionate – some would say overly so – reaction by the 42-year-old.
Lampard jumped up and down the touchline before screaming and gesticulating wildly in front of the Chelsea supporters post-match.
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In fact, Lampard was bouncing around for more than two minutes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and even took off his jacket and threw it into the crowd following the Premier League victory.
Three points over a London rival certainly seems to stoke Lampard – a late Tammy Abraham winner at Arsenal just a week later saw Lampard lose his cool again, though he did stay inside his technical area.
Lampard often embraces and shouts with his assistant manager Jody Morris after a big moment, and on this occasion have him a strong smack in the stomach after the goal at the Emirates.
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The goal. Lampard’s celebration. Guendouzi throwing a fit. The fans. Absolute limbs.
Yet something about beating former boss Mourinho – and of course Tottenham – also clearly gives Lampard an extra spice in celebration.
After Chelsea’s second in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge in February, he turns and jumps in the air, revving up the Chelsea fans before throwing his arms up in the direction of the Spurs dugout.
So, Lampard clearly enjoys celebrating wildly in big moments. Klopp does too, and is very much known for his elaborate, off-the-cuff animations after a big moment for his team.
Whilst there perhaps may be an official and metaphorical line that should not be crossed on the touchline and whether Liverpool overstepped the mark on Wednesday night or not, it is definitely a line that Lampard himself has toed before too.