Frank Lampard Has Been Limited By Injuries To Key Players

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Chelsea legend Pat Nevin believes Frank Lampard has been limited by injuries to key players in the squad.

N’Golo Kante has struggled with injuries this season and the game against Liverpool was just his second Premier League start for Chelsea this season.

Chelsea have also missed Antonio Rudiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Chelsea also lost Andreas Christensen and Emerson Palmieri to injuries during the loss to Liverpool.

“It was obviously great to see N’Golo Kante back and at his best against Liverpool,” Nevin told Chelsea’s official website.

“It is sometimes easy to forget that even though we are all aware of the limitations placed on Frank due to the transfer ban and how impressed we have been with his coping strategies, he has been without hugely important players for most of the season so far.

“N’Golo and Toni Rudiger would have been handy to call on obviously but when you add Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, it just underlines how harsh it has been.

“Look at Liverpool for example, they seem to go close to season after season with scarcely a long-term injury to any of their recognised starting 11 players.

“The analogy would be if you took Liverpool’s best defender Van Dijk out of the team the way Rudiger has missed the start with us, and then removed their world-class player Mo Salah like we have had to do without Kante.

“What sort of difference do you think it would make to their team? I just cannot wait until Frank has every single one of his top players fit, available and on form and I bet he can’t too.

“It did seem particularly unfair after the recent injuries that we also managed to lose half of the back line before half-time, against one of the most potent strike forces in world football.

“They coped pretty well even so, with only the Firmino goal lapse being a real let-down for the defensive group.”

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