Sport Klopp feels for Lampard but Chelsea squad a 'present' for Tuchel
Lampard WILL be sacked if he cannot get Chelsea back in top four race
As Sportsmail revealed on January 5, the Blues do not want to make any snap decisions over the future of their club legend despite a dreadful run that has seen them lose five of their previous eight games. There remains a will to give Lampard an opportunity to arrest the club's dreadful form despite the emphatic nature of their latest loss to Leicester.
Thomas Tuchel has been gifted such a talented squad at Chelsea, according to Jurgen Klopp, who described the decision to sack Frank Lampard as "really harsh".
Having confirmed Lampard's departure on Monday, Chelsea announced Tuchel's appointment just over 24 hours later, initially on a contract that runs through until the end of the 2021-22 season.
Chelsea's spending in the previous transfer window, including bringing in Bundesliga talents Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, certainly gives their new head coach plenty to work with.
Tuchel and Chelsea? That fits!
Frank Lampard is gone, Thomas Tuchel takes over for him at Chelsea. A comment from Thomas Böker, the kicker England expert. © imago images The new coach at Chelsea FC: Thomas Tuchel. At least Frank Lampard could say goodbye with a win. But not the tough 3: 1 in the FA Cup against the second division Luton Town on Sunday remains in the memory, but the (too) many defeats he was responsible for as coach of Chelsea FC. The separation that the association has made is logical.
Still, Klopp felt Lampard deserved more time and hopes the former England international can go on to enjoy a fresh start elsewhere in his managerial career, free from the pressures of being in charge at a club where he has such a deep personal history.
"Two things have happened. One is that Frank Lampard lost his job and I have to say, that's a really tough one, to be honest," Klopp told the media.
"I think Chelsea did an incredible job in the transfer market in the summer, bought in really good players. Things like this need time – it's completely normal.
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"I think it's really harsh to make that decision that early, but Mr Abramovich gives you some chances – money, players, whatever – but is not the most patient person in the world, obviously.
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Frank Lampard was dramatically sacked by the Blues on Monday after an alarming run of form has left them ninth and it has now been reported that player clashes preceded his exit.Lampard was dramatically sacked by the Blues on Monday after an alarming run of form has left them ninth in the Premier League table, 11 points off league leaders Manchester United.
"I feel for Frank because he's a young, really talented manager. I wish him only the best. He will be fine, I'm sure. It's a hard one if it's your club, and obviously Chelsea was Frank's club.
"Maybe it's good now the story is over. He can go everywhere and be completely fresh and without any history."
As for the new man in charge at Chelsea, Klopp knows all about his fellow German's qualities - Tuchel replaced the current Liverpool boss at Borussia Dortmund in 2015 - and expects him to have an impact at Stamford Bridge.
"For Thomas Tuchel, it's great. Unfortunately, a really good, good manager," Klopp joked. "I've known him a long [time] and respect him a lot.
"This Chelsea squad is a present, eh? I'm pretty sure Thomas sees it like that. They will be good."
Klopp and Tuchel will go up against each other in the Premier League in late March when Chelsea visit the reigning champions.
However, it will not be Tuchel's first experience of being in the opposing dugout at Anfield. He was in charge of the Dortmund team that famously lost 4-3 in the second leg of a Europa League quarter-final in April 2016, while he also suffered defeat there with Paris Saint-Germain in a Champions League group game in September 2018.
Tuchel reveals Lampard has messaged to wish him luck at Chelsea .
Tuchel signed an 18-month contract to take over at Stamford Bridge earlier this week after Lampard was sacked following a woeful run of form but the former boss has already been in touch.Tuchel signed an 18-month contract to take over at Stamford Bridge earlier this week after Frank Lampard was sacked.