CHELSEA went down 5-3 to champions Liverpool at Anfield last night as the Reds celebrated their title success with a goal frenzy.
Off the pitch, the Blues are pressing ahead with a move for Kai Havertz, who is set to meet with Petr Cech in Germany on Sunday.
While we have the latest news on Frank Lampard's goalkeeper hunt with PSG keeper Alphonse Areola exciting fans by purchasing a house in London
Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from Stamford Bridge here…
LAMPS NOT HAPPY
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard told Liverpool not to “get too arrogant” after winning the Premier League.
During the Reds' 5-3 win over the Blues at Anfield last night, Lampard was left raging with his opponent's bench.
“For me it wasn't a foul from Kovacic,” Lampard told Sky Sports about the build-up to Trent Alexander-Arnold's goal.
“There were a lot of things that were ongoing and on the bench.
“I've got no problem with Jurgen Klopp, he's managed this team and it's fantastic.
“Some of the bench, it's a fine line between when you are winning – and they've won the league, fair play to Liverpool Football Club – but also don't get too arrogant with it.”
GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS
The Blues suffered a 5-3 defeat to Jurgen Klopp's side last night as Liverpool celebrated receiving the title trophy for the first time in 30 years.
Chelsea need a point from their final game against Wolves to secure Champions League football for next season.
Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic found the net for Frank Lampard's side, but the champions dominated from start to finish.
In other news, Brentford winger Said Benrahma admits he is flattered to be linked to Chelsea.
The Algerian also revealed the Blues were one of three Premier League teams he watched as a kid and that their interest gives him confidence.
asked about the links to the Premier League giants, he added: “I was really flattered, but, at the same time, I am so focused about getting out of the Championship with Brentford that I do not pay too much attention.”
Meanwhile, Kai Havertz will reportedly tell Bayer Leverkusen bosses that he wants to seal a move to Chelsea when he returns to training today.
The playmaker has agreed personal terms with the Blues, believed to be around £7.1million-a-year on a five-year contract.
Bild journalist Christian Falk claims the 21-year-old will make it abundantly clear he wants a switch to London as the two clubs continue to haggle over the price.
Following the defeat to Liverpool, Frank Lampard said: “It was extraordinary, even when you say that they started to run away with it, I thought we were in it.
“In match play we were OK. They're a fantastic team and we can't afford to make those mistakes.
“If we didn't concede a fifth, I thought we were coming.
“We have to suck this in and accept it here tonight because it's where we want to get to.”
LIVERPOOL 5 – 3 CHELSEA
It's all over at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp's champions have put five past Chelsea before tonight's trophy presentation.
The Blues need to pick up a point against Wolves on Sunday to secure Champions League football for next season.
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Fans on social media have been ripping into Kepa following his poor performance.
Who thinks this is what Petr Cech is up to here?
IN THE RED
To say Chelsea have had a nightmare in the first half would be a huge understatement.
Jurgen Klopp's side are in cruise control after smashing THREE past Frank Lampard's side in the opening 45 minutes.
Naby Keita opened the scoring before Trent Alexander-Arnold doubled their tally with an incredible free kick.
Georginio Wijnaldum then made it three to pile the pressure on Chelsea.
Olivier Giroud nicked one back for the visitors to give them a glimmer of hope before the interval.
MOUNT A CHALLENGE
Mason Mount has cemented his spot in Frank Lampard's side this season.
For the first time in the Premier League era, Liverpool will lift the first-place trophy tonight.
It has been 30 years since the Reds were crowned England’s top team.
But first, Jurgen Klopp's side will take on Chelsea. Kick-off is at 8:15pm.
Tune into our LIVE blog to keep up to date with all of the action as it happens.
FAN THE FLAMES
Patrice Evra could not resist a dig at Liverpool on the day they lift the league trophy for the first time in 30 years.
The former Manchester United star made fun of the fact Jurgen Klopp's side must hoist the Premier League silverware with no fans present.
Speaking ahead of Liverpool's clash against Chelsea at Anfield and the trophy presentation, he said: “After 30 years it was time for them to win the league.
“But I'm glad they won't be able to celebrate with the fans.”
LIV-IN IT UP
If history is anything to go by, Olivier Giroud could cause an upset tonight.
Ahead of tonight's match, take a look at the head-to-head record between the two clubs.
This year's champions are edging it… slightly.
LE WRONG DECISION
Leroy Sane has urged David Alaba to snub Premier League interest this summer and stay with him at Bayern Munich.
Manchester City and Chelsea are among the top-flight clubs that have been linked to Alaba.
But Sane said: “I really hope David stays! I would like to play with him.
“He is a good guy, a great footballer, and we like each other privately.
“David has proven that he is not only one of the world's best left-backs, but also exceptional in the centre.”
THE CHOSEN JAN
Atletico Madrid will reportedly demand the full £109million buyout clause for Jan Oblak this summer.
Chelsea and Manchester United are among the club's linked to the 27-year-old goalkeeper.
Oblak is believed to be searching for his next club as he is reportedly “unsettled” at Atletico.
But the Daily Mail claim Atletico are not prepared to accept any less than his buyout clause.
WOMEN'S TEAM SEAL A DEAL
Chelsea Women have announced a new signing in Jessie Fleming.
The Canadian midfielder, 22, became the youngest player to ever appear for her country's senior team at just 15 and joins from UCLA Bruins.
CHILLED THEIR INTEREST
Chelsea have made Robin Gosens their top left-back target for the summer transfer window ahead of Ben Chilwell.
According to Kicker, the German defender has now emerged as Frank Lampard’s No.1 target with Leicester set to demand £50million for England star Chilwell.
Juventus, Inter and Hertha Berlin are also credited with an interest in Gosens.
Former Chelsea star Dan Petrescu has been rushed to hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.
The Romanian ex-defender, 52, currently manages his home country's reigning champions CFR Cluj.
Petrescu has now become the Transylvanian club's 13th employee to be struck down by Covid-19.
Sources in Bucharest said they expect the 95-cap international to spend a minimum of 48 hours in hospital.
A string of Cluj players and coaching staff had previously been diagnosed with the condition.
Petrescu helped Chelsea win the Cup Winners' Cup, FA Cup, League Cup and Uefa Super Cup during his time in West London.
He ended his five-year Stamford Bridge spell in 2000.
Nemanja Matic has claimed that Frank Lampard always used to get man-of-the-match awards over other midfielders at Chelsea because he scored the goals.
The United star told Sky Sports: “It was the same when I started out at Chelsea.
“I saw great players like Michael Ballack and Michael Essien playing in my position, but the man of the match would always go to Frank Lampard because he was the one scoring the goals.
“That's just the job, though, and I'm not afraid to do that job. When we win games, I'm happy that Bruno, Mason (Greenwood), Anthony (Martial) or Marcus (Rashford) get the praise. The most important thing is that we win.
“The only problem is that when we don't win, everyone attacks the players at the back. We are seen as the one who concede the goals, but the truth is we all concede together. In the same way, it's the whole team's fault when we don't score.”
UP FOR THE CUP
The FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea will take place on August 1 on BBC and BT Sport with Anthony Taylor as referee.
The Blues booked their spot in the Wembley showdown by thumping Manchester United after Arsenal battled past Man City.
Now it has been confirmed the Londoners will go head-to-head on August 1 at 5.30pm.
The game will be shown live on BBC One and BT Sport 1.
Taylor has been named as referee for the game after previously overseeing the 2017 showdown between the same teams, which Arsenal won 2-1.
Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn will be Taylor's two assistants.
KAI NOW BUY ONE LATER
Real Madrid will reportedly hand Chelsea a boost in the race to land Kai Havertz.
Goal claim that Bayer Leverkusen may come in the form of Real youngster Reinier.
The Brazilian wonderkid has impressed since he moved to the Bernabeu in January and to continue the 18-year-old's development Los Blancos bosses want him to gain first-team experience elsewhere.
The report suggests Leverkusen are looking at signing Reinier on a 12-month loan.
If that deal comes off then the German side may let Chelsea complete a move for Havertz.
JUR THE BEST
Jurgen Klopp has revealed his respect for Frank Lampard in his ability to read the game and prepare for challenges.
He told Liverpool's official website: “Frank knows that he has a really good team there on the pitch, a proper team [with] a lot of talent.
“But he made some interesting decisions, he changed systems from time to time, even during games and that shows just that he used his playing time not only for moving his legs, that he really learned about the game and knew already about the game before he started managing.
“He looked really prepared for the job and I respect that a lot.
“Still young but he’s 100 per cent ready for the challenges out there and it’s nice for him, being a Chelsea legend, being there in the hotseat and I think everyone there wants him to succeed.”
PUL THE STRINGS
United States manager Gregg Berhalter believes Christian Pulisic has become more assertive during his first season at Chelsea.
He told ESPN: “You see now that [Pulisic] was picking the ball up in space, in pockets and just being really aggressive going at defenders, dribbling defenders.
“It's not just only on the sideline. Now he's getting it towards the middle of the field and he's had some really positive effects, taking players on.
“If you watch the games, you can see the dramatic shift and how [Pulisic's] team-mates relate to him now.
“They actually look to him whereas there were times in the beginning, when you're thinking, “Wait, why aren't they passing him this ball?”
“Now they get the ball, their first glance is to him. And you know he's really grown to be an important part of this group, important part of that team, and it's been fun to watch.”
TO BE FRANK
Jurgen Klopp has outlined his admiration for Frank Lampard after his first season in charge of Chelsea.
He told Liverpool's official website: “Frank is doing an exceptional job – not only at Chelsea either, he did really, really well at Derby already.
“[He] faced quite a challenge at Chelsea because I think when you are Chelsea manager… I don’t think anybody expected the title this year from them, but everybody expected them to qualify for the Champions League… and that, in a really, really strong league, is always a challenge.
“I really think he did brilliantly. He is now in the FA Cup final obviously, which is a big one, and by the way, both managers in the FA Cup final, one of them will win their first major trophy this year so that’s really impressive.”
Frank Lampard has claimed that Chelsea will not attempt to copy Liverpool in their bid for success next season.
He told Sky Sports: “They've been working together for a while now, Liverpool, and the thing that jumps out at you is their consistency.
“I know how hard that is. You don't see that sort of consistency, in terms of performance and results, in many Premier League seasons.
“The have speed, power, individual qualities all over the place. It's always impressive when you see a team that plays in the image of their manager, with character and aggression.
“You can see the evolution since [Klopp] has been there – but it's not a case of trying to clone Liverpool. We have to try and do it in our own way to close the gap.”
Manchester United will reportedly move for Chelsea target Kalidou Koulibaly because they are concerned about Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof's partnership.
United signed Maguire for £85million from Leicester last summer while Lindelof, 26, has been at Old Trafford since 2017.
But their performances together this season have left some at United concerned and even more desperate to land 29-year-old Koulibaly, according to Marca.
Premier League clubs were given a boost last week amid claims that Napoli would be prepared to drop the Senegalese's price from £80m to £65m.
NEV-ER GONNA HAPPEN
Gary Neville has dismissed Liverpool's hopes of retaining the Premier League title next season because of the spending power of both Manchester clubs and Chelsea.
He told Sky Sports: “No, I'm not (concerned).
“What would concern me about Liverpool for a long period would be if they were bought out by a super-rich owner, who invested at the level of Manchester City (or) Manchester United.
“Liverpool still, in their transfer business, are still quite modest compared to the other clubs.
“Their owners just don't have the money of a Manchester City, or the spending power of a Manchester United or a Chelsea.”
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