Chelsea desire and defending leaves Frank Lampard happier after Liverpool defeat than following Brighton win

Sadio Mane double seals 2-0 win for Liverpool at Chelsea, but Frank Lampard encouraged by Blues' defending.

preview image 2:56
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says there were still lots of positives to take from the game despite being beaten 2-0 at home to Liverpool in the Premier League

Frank Lampard said he was encouraged by the spirit, desire and defending of his Chelsea team, despite their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.

The Blues were reduced to 10 men when Andreas Christensen was sent off just before half-time and goals from Sadio Mane after the break secured a dominant Liverpool all three points, with Jorginho missing a penalty for Chelsea.

However, Lampard was keen to take the positives from his side's performance and ranked it better than their 3-1 opening weekend win at Brighton.

"I was happy about our defensive game," he told Sky Sports. "I wanted them to be better on the ball. We showed moments on the counter-attack where we dangerous. But to limit them to the chances they got in the first-half, there were lots of things I was pleased about.

"My team talk at half-time was going to be: 'let's be more confident on the ball lads.' Then the red card changes the whole team talk.

"They can be given or not. Once the yellow is the first decision, you feel it needs to be absolutely critical that it's a red to make that difference. I'm not sure it was. I'm not going to complain too much.

Andreas Christensen looks to Referee Paul Tierney after fouling Sadio Mane
Image: Andreas Christensen was sent off for hauling down Sadio Mane

"I'm disappointed to lose three points, as you always will be and should be, but actually I'm happier today in many ways than I was at Brighton. Brighton was three points, an OK performance.

Also See:

"We're in pre-season still because we haven't had long enough to train a lot of the individuals and as a collective.

"Today I saw spirit, a desire to defend by a lot of our players. Reece James, Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori, the midfield giving everything to block gaps. You play half a game with 10 men - you don't make that mistake for the second goal, you score the penalty it's 1-1. I know that's not football and I know I can't reflect on that but those are the realities.

"The players should take heart. It's how we go forward from here now. Normally with new faces you get a month or so of pre-season to work on your patterns of play. That's why the stuff on the ball at the minute is what I'm not so happy about. The way we're defending I'm very happy with."

Lampard also insisted he wants his team to be given time to gel and develop and said, given the influx of new signings, this season should be seen as a new project from the one which took Chelsea to a fourth-place finish in the Premier League last season.

"Every team that has been successful in the modern day has had time, has had a process," he said. "Our process starts here. Not from last year. Last year was a squad that we couldn't do much business going into it, so we worked and we worked and we worked and we came fourth.

"Now it's a new start, our objectives are higher, our expectations are higher, fine. But it will take some time."

Carra: Kepa going through a nightmare

Sadio Mane reacts quickest to a mistake by Kepa Arrizabalaga to make it 2-0
Image: Sadio Mane reacts quickest to a mistake by Kepa Arrizabalaga to make it 2-0

Lampard revealed goalkeeper Kepa had put his hands up and conceded he made a mistake to his team-mates after Mane intercepted his pass to score Liverpool's second, and the Chelsea boss says rebuilding the Spaniard's confidence is now key.

However, Sky Sports' Jamie Carragher said the Blues' shot-stopper is in a difficult situation, making a string of mistakes with Chelsea reportedly close to signing Rennes keeper Edouard Mendy.

"As players, you go through tough times at different times in his career and you actually feel a bit sorry for Kepa now," said Carragher. "There's a new goalkeeper that looks like he's coming in so I don't think there's much more we can say about the goalkeeper.

"It must be tough for him and he's going through a really tough period. Our job is to be critical at times, but I remember when I went through a similar period earlier in my career. It wasn't going great and he's going through his own nightmare at the moment."

ONE MILLION POUNDS! Can you imagine?

ONE MILLION POUNDS! Can you imagine?

You read correctly. Do not miss your chance to scoop £1m for free in this week's Super 6 round. Play for free, entries by 3pm Saturday.

Around Sky