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Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed that his side will give new Premier League champions Liverpool a guard of honour at Anfield tonight.

He said: "I'm very happy to give a guard of honour to a team that deserves it but I'm not sure what the protocol will be, circumstances will dictate what happens with that.

"As for the trophy lift, we will see because it might depend on other factors after the game."

Admitting Champions League qualification was always the chief goal for the season, Lampard insisted the Blues are still streets behind Jurgen Klopp's Reds.

Asked how far Chelsea must go to be title contenders next term, the Blues boss said: "A long way, a long way; and we have to be realistic about that as a club, as do many of the other clubs.

"Themselves and Manchester City, particularly Liverpool in their league form this year, have shown an incredible consistency that only comes through hard work and some time, with fantastic players and fantastic coaching.

"And we're at a different point in the curve, and we have to look and respect that.

"But you're talking about probably the two best club teams in world football, up there with maybe a couple of others in European football.

"And that's the difference, and the points don't lie over the last few seasons.

"So we're being realistic but we have to have strong targets and we want to close that gap."

Belfast Telegraph