Liverpool have spent huge amounts - Lampard 'amused' by Klopp jibe

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard gestures during the game against Brighton at the American Express Community Stadium Bright

Chelsea have made a statement of intent ahead of the new season by splashing out more than £200m on a host of new additions, the arrivals of the likes of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz raising hopes that the west London side can challenge the division's top sides this season.

Frank Lampard admits he never wanted Chelsea to become "an academy club" following the club's lavish summer spending.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has lifted the lid on his efforts to convince Timo Werner to join the Blues from RB Leipzig.

The ongoing fall-out from Covid-19 crisis may have kicked a financial hole in the ambitions of a majority of clubs around Europe, but Chelsea were protected by a cash balance that ensured owner Roman Abramovich did not need to open his wallet to give Lampard a fantasy football wish list.

Speaking to Metro, Berbatov predicted a 4-0 scoreline to Chelsea FC and said: "First game for Lampard's new signings, everyone will expect them to win, and I am no different". "Because I think when you talk about the owners of clubs, I don't think it matters what line of business they come from, we're talking about some very wealthy owners of clubs in the Premier League".

"And the reality is probably, other than maybe Leicester, which is an incredible story, most clubs that win the Premier League in the modern day have recruited well and recruited at a high level money-wise". You can go through the Liverpool players: Van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho, Keita, Mane, Salah, incredible players, that came at a very high price.

"So Liverpool have done it, and they've done it over a period of time".

"What we have done is come off the back of a ban and try to address the situation ourselves".

"We have to show that on the pitch, but my feeling and my senses say that the players are feeling that [competititon] and it's my job as the manager to take us forward". With Liverpool's story, I referenced it a lot previous year.

"We lost the best player in the league in Eden Hazard and it is a case of using that money and some more from the sales of other players to get the right people into the club".

"Last year we spoke a lot about the transfer ban, and it was very relevant".

"It feels good because it has been work, it's what you set out to do". There's no point in doing the maths too much with it - we know Liverpool have spent at a high level, they have an incredible coach and have incredible players.

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