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Former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot believes Kepa Arrizabalaga is a liability in Frank Lampard’s team.
The 25 year old Spaniard was dropped for Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Leicester City following a series of errors.
“Frank took a long time and he assessed it for a while,” Melchiot told Sky Sports.
“The defence have also been questioned but now that (Antonio) Rudiger came back, Frank maybe feels: ‘OK, I have now a main focus point. Now I need my goalkeeper to be solid. I can’t have a liability.’
“I was at the game when Ajax turned up (the 4-4 draw in November) and he conceded a free-kick and I looked at it like, ‘what’s going on?’
“The decision-making and not making the right adjustments – that wasn’t good enough.
“I don’t want to say that Kepa is not a good goalkeeper but you don’t want your goalkeeper to be a liability. Chelsea have never had that – (Carlo) Cudicini, Petr Cech, (Thibaut) Courtois. Good goalkeepers.
“When a goalkeeper gets pulled out a starting XI, it’s way different than a player.”