Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claims that the potential Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has to work with is a blessing for every manager, but after being sacked by the Blues, he expressed his sympathy for Frank Lampard.
After a string of five losses in eight Premier League games that left Chelsea down in 10th, 12 points off the top, Lampard was fired on Monday, just 18 months into a three-year deal.
After leading Chelsea to a fourth-place finish and the FA Cup final in his first season in charge, the former England midfielder failed to make the most of owner Roman Abramovich’s £ 220 million ($ 300 million) investment in new players in the summer transfer window.
“I think that Chelsea did an incredible job in the transfer market this summer, brought in really good players, and things like this need time. It’s normal,” said Klopp, who took almost four years to win his first Liverpool trophy.
“It’s harsh to make that decision early. Mr. Abramovich gives you some chances — players, money — but is not the most patient person in the world.”
Tuchel followed in the footsteps of Klopp when he took over earlier in his managerial career at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.
Most recently, as Paris Saint-Germain’s boss, the German won two French league titles before being sacked in December, too.
“For Thomas Tuchel it’s great,” added Klopp. Sadly, he’s a very good boss. I’ve known him for a long time, and I admire him a lot.
It’s a present for this Chelsea squad and I’m pretty sure Thomas sees it that way. They’re going to be fine.’
As Klopp’s men are winless in their last five league games and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United on Sunday, Liverpool is going through a fall inform themselves.
The English champions are still seven points behind the Manchester City leaders and face a challenging run of fixtures over the next month, beginning on Thursday with a trip to Tottenham.