Jamie Carragher identified Chelsea’s problems this season and had asked them to make one swift decision. It is to replace their goalkeeper in this summer window. It was another day and another disaster class from Kepa Arrizabalaga in between the sticks for Chelsea. The Spanish keeper had felt to impress the blue’s faithful since joining in 2018 with mediocre performances particularly this season. On Wednesday night, he failed to keep out any of the attempts made towards him conceding five in the process. He has now made it a series for himself now.
The former Athletic club keeper sustains the worst save percentage in the league. He is nowhere near the £71.6m amount paid on him, making himself as world’s most expensive goalkeeper of all time.
This is a big concern for Lampard and the Blues. The ambitious project led down by the club ahead of the new season with their defence also fidgeting in crucial periods of the game.
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Hence, the Sky football pundit urges Chelsea to take a lesson from the opposition they faced in midweek. He talked about Liverpool and about their transfer businesses of late.
“Chelsea will not go no further unless they change their goalkeeper. Going back to how important goalkeepers are I look at this Chelsea team and there’s a lot I like about it, it does remind me in a lot of ways the position Jurgen Klopp was in a couple of years ago. [Lampard] has done as much as he can, yes Frank is still in his early stages but those big signings can completely transform you as a team.”
“I still think Chelsea need a defender, you see how many goals they’ve conceded. I think a lot of that is down to the goalkeeper being totally honest.”
Liverpool was a side dangling for top-four hunt until the club pulled out some important dealings that changed their faith forever. They bought in a world-class defender in Virgil Van Dijk to strengthen their defence and Alisson later when goalkeeping position didn’t fulfil their job.
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The Reds goalkeeping dilemma started when Simon Mignolet failed to live up to the standards expected and Lorius Karius’s horror show in the Champions League final against Real Madrid at Kyiv resulted in urgency to bring in a decent shot-stopper. And they found more after securing Alisson Becker from As Roma in the summer of 2018.
Carragher hopes Chelsea will go down in the same lane to build their squad after facing two transaction window ban in this campaign. One area that the blues will be happy about their transfer business is their attack after adding Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner to bolster their squad.
As the saying goes ‘Attack wins you matches; defence wins you titles’, Chelsea will be desperate to sort out their backline but firstly their goalkeeping position. The Blues did go for a potential based signing like Liverpool and Manchester City in that position as Kepa was really good in his previous club but the choice, unfortunately, didn’t pay off.
So, this is now a challenge for Chelsea to dive in the market and act smartly. Whether it will be reported targets, Jan Oblak or Nick Pope, to change things around Frank Lampard side need to sort out the last line of defence quickly.