sport news Frank Lampard defends Chelsea's spending spree of over £200m

'Van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho, Keita, Mane, Salah - incredible players that came at a very high price': Frank Lampard hits back at Jurgen Klopp's jibes over Chelsea's spending spree by pointing out how much the Liverpool squad cost Chelsea have brought in a vast range of players costing over £200million Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell have joined Blues Champions Liverpool though have only signed one left-back for £11.75m Reds boss Jurgen Klopp aimed a dig at Chelsea over their spending habits Chelsea open up Premier League campaign at Brighton on Monday

By Adrian Kajumba For Mailonline

Published: 22:30 BST, 13 September 2020 | Updated: 23:38 BST, 13 September 2020

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Frank Lampard has reminded Jurgen Klopp that Chelsea have merely done what Liverpool already had by spending big in the transfer market.

A ball had not even been kicked before old rivalries were renewed last week and the sniping began, with Klopp aiming a dig at the Blues following their summer spree of £200million, and counting.

Klopp, who has added only £11.75m left back Kostas Tsimikas to his title winners, said: ‘We live in a world with a lot of uncertainty. For some clubs it seems to be less important how uncertain the future is — owned by countries, owned by oligarchs, that’s the truth.

Chelsea spent big over the summer including £90million on midfielder Kai Havertz

Chelsea spent big over the summer including £90million on midfielder Kai Havertz

‘We’re a different kind of club. We got to the Champions League final two years ago, we won it last year, and became Premier League champions last season by being the club we are, by being led the way we are led. We cannot just change it overnight and say, “So now we want to behave like Chelsea”, now they’ve signed a lot of players.’

Lampard ended last season in an X-rated feud with Klopp and his staff on the Anfield sidelines, and the Liverpool manager’s latest jibes had potential to reignite the ill feeling.

Chelsea’s manager was much more measured and diplomatic this time, but he made his point just as effectively without any expletives.

But Frank Lampard has claimed his club's summer spending is not unusual for a team looking to win the game's biggest prizes

But Frank Lampard has claimed his club's summer spending is not unusual for a team looking to win the game's biggest prizes

Chelsea have also signed Germany international Timo Werner (left) as they train ahead of their opening day of the season Premier League clash against Brighton & Hove Albion

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