Chelsea verdict: Blundering Kepa and defence may have forced Frank Lampard’s hand with transfer window close

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THE STORY of Chelsea’s season summed up in one game.

Blues boss Frank Lampard has been contemplating the futures of his No1 goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, and a number of his defenders for the last couple of months.

They may well have just helped Lampard make up his mind this evening in another poor display at the back.

Chelsea were pushing for Champions League qualification against Liverpool this evening, and needed just one point at Anfield to secure it.

But Jurgen Klopp’s side scored five goals as Chelsea’s defence folded once again.

Kepa was beaten far too easily on at least two occasions as he failed to get near to stopping any of them, sparking concerns once again over whether he is the right fit for Chelsea.

The Spaniard was only part of the Blues’ problem though.

As we have seen far too many times this season; the players heads drop and the team folds when things start to go against them.

Lampard’s team started well and had the better of the first 15 minutes – Mason Mount should have even put them 1-0 up with a header from close range.

But once Liverpool scored after a bad mistake from Willian, the poor mentality and lack of passion from the Chelsea players came out once again.

And they continued to roll over and let the league champions score more goals.

Chelsea fought back eventually after the addition of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic.

But the goals were in vein in the end as Chelsea’s defence once again collapsed and Kepa’s weak hands exposed.

Lampard will be doubting the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Kurt Zouma as well after they failed to control the pace and presence of the Liverpool attackers, making it far too easy for them to score goals.

Liverpool actually looked like they could score every time they got near Chelsea’s 18-yard box, and this has been a massive problem for Lampard’s team.

 

They fail to deal with crosses, and are scared stiff when quick attacking teams front them up.

Chelsea clawed three goals back showing how good they can be at the other end of the pitch.

But this is a perfect example of summing Chelsea’s season up in one game – awful at the back, but can be devastating in attack.

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