Frank Lampard has renewed his attack on Jurgen Klopp’s coaching staff after his X-rated outburst at Anfield and accused them of “smirking” and breaking a managerial code of respect.
Champions Liverpool lifted the Premier League trophy after their victory over Lampard’s Blues on Wednesday night, but tensions boiled over on the sidelines during the contest.
Lampard launched a string of expletives at the Liverpool bench when reacting to Sadio Mane winning the free-kick that led to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s first-half goal.
The Stamford Bridge chief later warned Liverpool “don’t get too arrogant” in interviews after the fiery clash, and he has once again criticised their behaviour.
Lampard said: “I think when you speak between managers, and there are lots of decisions that go and you can hear it more clearly now without the crowd.
“And lots of managers will call for decisions and it may be right or wrong. And then you speak with each other.
“But when people on the bench jump up and want to speak across to myself and then smirk and smile and then continue to do so for quite a while, I think that is past the code.
“With cameras and microphones it was in full view and I regret the language that I used. I couldn’t help the passion that I felt. It wasn’t a foul as I saw it but even then I shouldn’t be swearing but I had an issue with some of the staff and it was against the code of how it works on the bench.
“I do have an edge. I would not have been able to play for Chelsea for so long in a team that was fighting for Premier League or Champions League winners in pretty much every season I was here.
“I have seen people around me who have an edge. I can’t stand there and demand an edge from my players after Sheffield United and not have that in myself to try to drive the club forward. It is not the right way to do it with the language I used.”