Frank Lampard insists support for Kepa Arrizabalaga after clear mistake. The 25-year-old has struggled since his £71.6m.
Frank Lampard said Kepa Arrizabalaga needs support after admitting the Spanish goalkeeper made a “clear mistake” in Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat by Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Arrizabalaga was at fault when Sadio Mané dispossessed him and doubled Liverpool’s lead with his second goal early in the second half.
The 25-year-old has struggled since his £71.6m move from Athletic Bilbao two years ago and will face an uncertain future when Chelsea complete the £22m signing of Édouard Mendy from Rennes.
“With the Kepa situation it’s a clear mistake,” Lampard said. “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.”
“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.”
“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.”