Chelsea ‘can challenge for Premier League title’ if they copy Liverpool transfer plan

Chelsea can become Premier League title challengers if they copy Liverpool’s transfer plan, ex-Blues boss Glenn Hoddle claims. Hoddle says Chelsea must give Frank Lampard the freedom Liverpool handed to Jurgen Klopp.

The Blues have already signed Hakim Ziyech ahead of the summer transfer window, with the winger joining from Ajax.

However, Lampard is keen to make more additions, with the Chelsea boss said to be eyeing a new goalkeeper, left-back and a striker.

And Hoddle says Chelsea must back Lampard in the transfer market if they are to become title challengers again.

The former England boss reckons Lampard should be given the same freedom as Liverpool’s Klopp which has turned the Reds into one of the best teams in the world.

Hoddle told The Sun: “When you look at the squad you have to wonder what is going on above him in terms of recruitment.

“For me, Frank needs a clear transfer policy to take his team forward.

“He has been getting it right on the training pitch, on the football side, but the next big phase for him will be how the club operate in the transfer market.

“If Frank gets the players he wants, not the players someone else wants, he has an excellent chance, in two or three years’ time, of having the right squad and the right team to challenge for the Premier League title.

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“Chelsea have to treat Frank exactly the way Liverpool treated Jurgen Klopp, give him the time to rebuild, give him the players he wants.

“He needs a clearly defined pathway, a clear line of communication, which I don’t think has always been the case in the past.

“If I was a Chelsea fan, I’d think their team is in the right hands, as Frank is doing an excellent job under the circumstances and the future will be bright.”

Premier League football will not return until April 30 at the very earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, it’s understood games may not return until the summer.

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