CHELSEA went down 5-3 to champions Liverpool at Anfield last night as the Reds celebrated their title success with a goal frenzy.
Off the pitch, the Blues are pressing ahead with a move for Kai Havertz – and former Man City winger Leroy Sane appears to have let slip that the German will be heading to West London.
Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from Stamford Bridge here…
Leroy Sane has appeared to let slip Chelsea will definitely sign Kai Havertz this summer, writes Duncan Wright.
The Blues have been leading the race for the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder who is regarded as the brightest young talent in Germany.
And ex-Manchester City ace looks to have confirmed that deal is now done.
Sane appeared to let it slip during his first press conference as a Bayern Munich player.
The German winger said: “It‘s good for Chelsea that they signed two German top talents with Werner and Havertz this summer.”
We don't expect this to be a walkover at Stamford Bridge.
Just like the game at the King Power, Chelsea have Champions League qualification in their own hands and will stay in the top four if they win or draw this game.
SunSport's best bets
- Both teams to score: 8/11
- Over 2.5 goals at the Bridge: 17/20
PULISIC VS HAZARD
Here is how the two Chelsea stars compare, with the American impressing during his first Blues season… with at least three games still to go in the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.
'YOU CAN F*** OFF AND ALL'
Fresh footage has emerged of Frank Lampard's foul-mouthed bust-up with the Liverpool bench last night, seconds before Trent Alexander-Arnold put the champions 2-0 up.
With no fans in the stadium, audio footage captured what was said with Lampard initially shouting: “How is that a foul? There's no foul there.”
He then tells Klopp to “sit down” before getting more irate when Klopp repeatedly tells him to “calm down.”
Lampard then responds: “If he's going off at me I'll f****** say something.”
Klopp's assistant Pep Lijnders then appears to weigh into the argument in which Lampard shouts: “You can f*** off and all.
“You think you can give it the big one, f*** off.”
CLICK HERE TO WATCH FOOTAGE OF THE TOUCHLINE BUST-UP
Chelsea will reportedly fly out Petr Cech to Germany to tempt £70m Bayer Leverkusen ace Kai Havertz to Stamford Bridge.
The German outfit were originally demanding an eye-watering £90m fee for the impressive forward but with only two years remaining on his contract they are resigned to losing him for less.
According to Sky Germany, Blues technical director Cech is set to hold “face-to-face talks” with the 21-year-old.
The Chelsea legend also helped pulled the strings of Timo Werner’s deal when he made an “undercover” trip to Germany before lockdown.
Cech, who speaks fluent German, was on hand at the time to iron out any communication issues with the player’s father and agent.
Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger also helped his side to seal deal but Cech may not have to do too much convincing when it comes to Havertz.
WE KNOW WHAT WE’RE ABOUT
Frank Lampard says he has learned a lot from Chelsea’s last two games.
He told reporters: “I have seen a lot in the last two games, particularly with Manchester United (the FA Cup semi-final win) and then with Liverpool, of what we are about.
“There has been spirit and character in those two performances and we have to carry it on for one more game in the league.
“Since restart there was a feeling it could go this far. I felt we maybe could get over the line before the (Liverpool) game because we played so well against Manchester United.
“What is absolutely important is the players focus on themselves because it is in our own hands, and that is the job I'll do because we can't affect what is going on elsewhere.
“We have to try to get over the line. We have character in the group, we have quality and we have a good opponent coming and it is on us now.”
TAKE YOUR PICK
Here are Sky Sports’ live games on Sunday at 4pm and the list of channels they will be on.
- Leicester City v Manchester United – Sky Sports Main Event
- Arsenal v Watford – Sky Sports Premier League
- Chelsea v Wolves – Sky Sports Football
- Everton v Bournemouth – Sky Sports Golf
- Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur – Sky Sports Action
- Burnley v Brighton – Sky Sports Arena
- Southampton v Sheffield United – Sky Sports Mix
- Manchester City v Norwich City – Pick & Sky One
DONE LIKE A KEPA
Chelsea aces turned on their OWN keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga after the Spaniard endured another bleak night between the sticks.
The Blues have now conceded 54 goals this season – the most of any top-half team – after they lost 5-3 to Liverpool at Anfield.
Although Kepa was relatively blame free for the Reds’ goals, one key moment suggested that the Chelsea squad have lost all faith in the Spanish stopper.
With the Blues 5-3 down in injury time, Kepa stayed glued to his line as Andrew Robertson’s free-kick flashed across the goal face.
Virgil Van Dijk lifted the chance over at the back post but a number of Chelsea players were heard screaming Kepa’s name as they frantically called on him to come and claim the dangerous cross.
Skipper Cesar Azpilicueta was seen gesturing furiously at his fellow countryman while other Blues aces stuck out their arms in frustration towards the Spaniard for his failure to react.
WHAT CHELSEA NEED ON SUNDAY
The Blues also sit one point above Leicester – but are miles adrift of Man Utd's goal difference – at +13 to the Red Devils' +28.
Frank Lampard will regroup his troops and return to Stamford Bridge for a tough home game with Wolves.
But Chelsea go into the game knowing a point will be enough to secure them a top-four spot, regardless of what happens at Leicester.
The Blues can even LOSE and still land a place in next season's Champions League – provided Man Utd beat Leicester.
Christian Pulisic has scored nine Premier League goals for Chelsea this season; among American players, only Clint Dempsey (17 in 2011-12 and 12 in 2010-11) has ever scored more in a campaign – his goal was the 1,000th scored in this season’s Premier League.
CHELSEA’S ANFIELD RATINGS: SUBS
Tammy Abraham (59 mins) – 7
He scored a goal to get Chelsea back in the game.
Christian Pulisic (59 mins) – 10
It was instant impact from Pulisic as he beat three Liverpool players and set up Tammy Abraham for a tap in, and then scored a beautiful goal himself.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (59 mins) – 9
Hudson-Odoi setup Pulisic beautifully for his second goal, and it was a menacing appearance from him.
CHELSEA’S ANFIELD RATINGS: FRONT MEN
Mason Mount – 4
Mount wasn’t up to it at all today and often gave the ball away. He has his usual high energy but not enough quality. The youngster was replaced by Christian Pulisic on 59 minutes.
Olivier Giroud – 6
The big striker was starved of any real service but managed to grab a goal in the first half. Giroud came off for Tammy Abraham on 59 minutes.
CHELSEA’S ANFIELD RATINGS: MIDFIELD
Jorginho – 6
The Italian had an up and down game, but managed to get a foothold on possession enough to help Chelsea claw a few goals back. He could have done better defensively, though.
Mateo Kovacic – 7
It was another energetic performance from Kovacic, he was very good on the ball and pinnacle to anything Chelsea did well.
Marcos Alonso – 6
Similar to James, Alonso didn’t do a lot wrong and could not have done much to stop Liverpool’s goals. It was another decent performance from the left wing back.
Willian – 2
The Brazilian was poor in the first half and forgot to bring his first touch with him. He actually seemed to get even worse in the second half, one to forget.
He was put out of his misery on 59 minutes coming off for Callum Hudson-Odoi.
CHELSEA’S ANFIELD RATINGS: DEFENCE
Kepa Arrizabalaga – 4
The Spanish international conceded five goals and quite frankly should have done better on at least two of them. Left exposed by his defence, but was too often rooted to the ground.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 4
This was another very poor game from the club captain. He gave the ball away too often and had no idea how to deal with the pace of Liverpool’s attack.
Kurt Zouma – 6
Zouma showed a bit more on the ball and he was probably one of Chelsea’s better defenders again, but still not quite the dominant presence that Lampard was looking for.
Antonio Rudiger – 4
Rudiger was run ragged by Mo Salah and Co and the German put in another poor defensive display for Chelsea.
Reece James – 7
Didn’t do too much wrong and he was a real threat going forward with his crossing ability.He couldn’t have done anything to prevent Liverpool’s goals either.
PREM CYBER ATTACK
A Premier League club nearly lost £1million when it was targeted by cyber criminals during a transfer deal.
Hackers infiltrated a club director’s email account as negotiations took place to sell a player to a European team.
He was conned into revealing his username and password in a phishing attack.
Using the details, the crooks nearly succeeded in getting the £1million payment diverted to their own account.
They failed only because the club’s bank clocked the dodgy transaction and blocked it.
Kepa has conceded EIGHT PER CENT of Chelsea’s all-time Premier League goals and he has only been there for TWO seasons.
The Blues lost 5-3 to Liverpool at Anfield last night and although the Spaniard was relatively blame free for the Reds’ goals, the pressure is still on Frank Lampard to replace him in the summer.
Chelsea have now conceded 54 goals this season – the most of any top-half team and their worst total since Roman Abramovich took over.
More even than Crystal Palace and Brighton in 14th and 16th respectively.
And if Wolves score at Stamford Bridge in the final game of the season on Sunday, it will equal the Blues’ worst ever Premier League conceded goals total in a single campaign.
But damning stats revealed today show under-fire Kepa has now let in 86 Premier League goals since he arrived in the summer of 2018.
OUT OF THE 'BLAK
Chelsea have been told they must match Jan Oblak's £109million release clause if they want to sign the Atletico Madrid keeper, according to reports.
Blues boss Frank Lampard is weighing up landing a new No1 to replace £71.6m Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer.
Oblak, 27, is considered one of the best keepers in the business and remains at the top of Chelsea's shortlist.
According to the Daily Mail, the Slovenian international would consider a move to the Premier League having grown unsettled at Atletico.
He wants a switch to a more ambitious club after his side finished 17 points behind rivals Real Madrid in the title race.
LAMPS NOT HAPPY
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard told Liverpool not to “get too arrogant” after winning the Premier League.
During the Reds' 5-3 win over the Blues at Anfield last night, Lampard was left raging with his opponent's bench.
“For me it wasn't a foul from Kovacic,” Lampard told Sky Sports about the build-up to Trent Alexander-Arnold's goal.
“There were a lot of things that were ongoing and on the bench.
“I've got no problem with Jurgen Klopp, he's managed this team and it's fantastic.
“Some of the bench, it's a fine line between when you are winning – and they've won the league, fair play to Liverpool Football Club – but also don't get too arrogant with it.”
GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS
The Blues suffered a 5-3 defeat to Jurgen Klopp's side last night as Liverpool celebrated receiving the title trophy for the first time in 30 years.
Chelsea need a point from their final game against Wolves to secure Champions League football for next season.
Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic found the net for Frank Lampard's side, but the champions dominated from start to finish.
In other news, Brentford winger Said Benrahma admits he is flattered to be linked to Chelsea.
The Algerian also revealed the Blues were one of three Premier League teams he watched as a kid and that their interest gives him confidence.
asked about the links to the Premier League giants, he added: “I was really flattered, but, at the same time, I am so focused about getting out of the Championship with Brentford that I do not pay too much attention.”
Meanwhile, Kai Havertz will reportedly tell Bayer Leverkusen bosses that he wants to seal a move to Chelsea when he returns to training today.
The playmaker has agreed personal terms with the Blues, believed to be around £7.1million-a-year on a five-year contract.
Bild journalist Christian Falk claims the 21-year-old will make it abundantly clear he wants a switch to London as the two clubs continue to haggle over the price.
Following the defeat to Liverpool, Frank Lampard said: “It was extraordinary, even when you say that they started to run away with it, I thought we were in it.
“In match play we were OK. They're a fantastic team and we can't afford to make those mistakes.
“If we didn't concede a fifth, I thought we were coming.
“We have to suck this in and accept it here tonight because it's where we want to get to.”
LIVERPOOL 5 – 3 CHELSEA
It's all over at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp's champions have put five past Chelsea before tonight's trophy presentation.
The Blues need to pick up a point against Wolves on Sunday to secure Champions League football for next season.
Click here to read our full match report!
Fans on social media have been ripping into Kepa following his poor performance.
Who thinks this is what Petr Cech is up to here?
IN THE RED
To say Chelsea have had a nightmare in the first half would be a huge understatement.
Jurgen Klopp's side are in cruise control after smashing THREE past Frank Lampard's side in the opening 45 minutes.
Naby Keita opened the scoring before Trent Alexander-Arnold doubled their tally with an incredible free kick.
Georginio Wijnaldum then made it three to pile the pressure on Chelsea.
Olivier Giroud nicked one back for the visitors to give them a glimmer of hope before the interval.
MOUNT A CHALLENGE
Mason Mount has cemented his spot in Frank Lampard's side this season.
For the first time in the Premier League era, Liverpool will lift the first-place trophy tonight.
It has been 30 years since the Reds were crowned England’s top team.
But first, Jurgen Klopp's side will take on Chelsea. Kick-off is at 8:15pm.
Tune into our LIVE blog to keep up to date with all of the action as it happens.
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