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Frank Lampard admitted that the fact that his Chelsea team have yet to win at home is becoming a worry.
Lampard became the first Chelsea manager since Bobby Campbell in 1988 to fail to win his first four home games in any competition, as Liverpool inflicted their second Stamford Bridge loss in five days on Sunday afternoon.
Goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino put Liverpool in charge in an impressive first half, and though Chelsea fought back as N’Golo Kante scored, they could not notch an equaliser, just as they could not against Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Lampard said: “It’s definitely a concern. We want to win at home.
“Against Liverpool you know can lose. They are a strong team and that can happen, but I expect the home win to come soon.
“The difference between us and Liverpool is that we have shown clearly today that we can compete with them, but we are not consistently as good as them and Manchester City week in, week out.
“To work towards those levels is hard. It’s a daily thing and that’s where we need to go now.
“The home win will come, hopefully it comes very soon and it will bring confidence to everybody but we need to aspire to a level like Liverpool when they probably don’t play their best but they win the game.”
The Chelsea manager, whose side now face League Two side Grimsby in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night and then Brighton on Saturday in the Premier League, saw his young team fight back well, but admitted: “Performance wise, we deserved something from the game, particularly in the second half.
“But details lose you games. Firmino’s goal loses us that game because you can’t have a free header in our six yard box.
“It’s hard to accept congratulations after a loss. We can’t be there – but the way we played in the second half is towards where we want to be.
“Energy, passion, moving the ball quickly, changing the play, getting crosses in the box, things that we work on.
“Half time, 2-0 down you could take it on the chin and say this team is too good that we can’t turn this around but we did the opposite which I’m proud of. But we need points too.
“I will take that second half performance. It now needs to translate to points because that performance week in, week out is going to amass points and we need to do that and keep improving.”