Frank Lampard has backed under-fire Kepa Arrizabalaga after the goalkeeper’s fatal error saw Liverpool walk away with a 2-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Arrizabalaga was largely at fault for the second goal as Sadio Mané dispossessed him to double Liverpool’s lead as well as complete his brace early in the second half.
Lampard admits that Arrizabalaga ‘made a clear and costly mistake’ but says the Spanish error-prone shot-stopper needs support from the team.
“With the Kepa situation, it’s a clear mistake. A clear mistake that has cost us because at that point we go on to have a penalty which we maybe score. Those fine margins change games at this level,” said Lampard.
“We have to keep working, Kepa has to keep working. He has to have support around him, that’s very clear. It was a clear mistake on the day.”
‘The Blues’ were reduced to 10 men when Andreas Christensen was sent off just before half-time with Jorginho missing a penalty for Chelsea.
Arrizabalaga, who also conceded a poor goal when Chelsea beat Brighton & Hove Albion last Monday in their first Premier League game of the 2020-21 campaign, has struggled since his move from Athletic Bilbao two years ago.
Chelsea spent £71 million on Arrizabalaga, making him the most expensive goalkeeper of all-time.
The Chelsea legend and coach already plans to start Willy Caballero when his men tackle Barnsley in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
“I can say now that Willy Caballero will play and that was always my feeling that he will play in that game even before today,” he revealed.
“He [Arrizabalaga] is our player and it is clear now that there are two games where we have felt, today was a clear mistake and Brighton was a mistake too and he has reflected on it in that way.
“We have to keep working, it is the rule of football. Players need support, particularly from myself. I give that to all the players.
“Kepa has to keep working, nobody tries to make mistakes in football, it is the nature of the game. You have to be strong; you keep going and that is where he is at,” concluded Lampard.
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By FARPost Reporter