Chelsea manager Frank Lampard: Liverpool's defeat against Watford won't make it any easier for us.

  • The Blues boss is expecting a very tough match against Liverpool in west London.

  • Jurgen Klopp's Reds will be looking to bounce back from their first top-flight defeat this season.

Lampard is expecting a very tough match against Liverpool in the FA Cup [Getty Images]

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is expecting a tough match against Liverpool in the FA Cup on Tuesday night.


The Blues manager believes Jurgen Klopp will name a strong side for the FA Cup fifth-round tie at Stamford Bridge following their shock 3-0 defeat to relegation-threatened Watford on Saturday.


Liverpool played their under-23 team in the fourth-round replay against Shrewsbury Town but after losing their first Premier League match of the season at Vicarage Road, the Merseyside club will be looking to return to winning ways when they travel to Chelsea tomorrow evening.


"We would expect Liverpool to put out a strong team, I presume they will play their strongest team, there or thereabouts," Lampard said at his pre-match news conference on Monday.


"We know whatever team they put out they will give us a very strong match. We have to play with a big spirit and we will have to be at our best.


"Their defeat against Watford won't make it any easier for us. With the type of manager and players that they have it can be a wake-up call in a good way as well. It depends how you take it.


"When you look at them they look like a team of fantastic professionals with a manager who is very driven. So things like that can make this game even harder for us.


"They became relatively human for one game, that can happen in this Premier League which is incredibly competitive. It shows how well they have done in the last year or so, especially this season."

Lampard also confirmed goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is in contention for a return.


"Yes, Kepa [is in contention]. He has been professional as expected, trained well and kept his head down, supporting the team and the group. He has been good, but I say the same every week as I get asked this every week."​


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