Frank Lampard admits Kepa Arrizabalaga made a ‘clear mistake’ in Chelsea’s defeat to Liverpool and has revealed that Willy Caballero will play instead of the Spaniard for the Carabao Cup clash against Barnley next week.
Kepa’s is now under even further pressure after his error in the second half allowed Sadio Mane to double Liverpool’s lead at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.
The 25-year-old also made a mistake which led to a goal during Chelsea’s Premier League opener against Brighton on Monday.
‘With the Kepa situation it’s a clear mistake, it’s cost us because at that point we go on to have a penalty which we maybe scored,’ Lampard said after Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.
‘These 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.
‘But it was a clear mistake on the day.’
Lampard is also adamant that the decision to drop Kepa for Chelsea’s Carabao Cup clash against Barnsley on Wednesday was decided before the loss to Liverpool.
‘I can say now that Willy Caballero will play and that was always my feeling to play him on Wednesday, regardless of today,’ said Lampard.
‘So I don’t want people to make judgements on that game itself.
‘He’s our player, and it’s clear there’s two games now where we feel today was a clear mistake, I think Brighton was a mistake as well and he’s on that in that way.
‘So we have to keep working. It’s the rules of football.
‘Difficult times individually players need suport, particularly from myself, I give that to all the players.
‘Kepa has to keep working. Nobody tries to make mistakes in football, it’s the nature of the game, you have to be strong and keep going.’
In a separate post-match interview with Sky Sports, Lampard insisted that Kepa’s confidence needs to improve his form.
‘[We need] to try and give him confidence because a goalkeeper relies on confidence. It’s a clear mistake, Kepa has accepted that, as he should do, hold his hand up and we have to be a group and accept that,’ said the Chelsea manager.
When asked how much his lack of confidence is responsible for the errors, Lampard replied: ‘I don’t know. How do you gauge confidence? I don’t know.
‘There are lots on things in football, one is confidence, the other is work, there are circumstances, there are too many things, it’s just a clear mistake today.