Carragher won’t criticise Frank Lampard on same level as former Chelsea bosses
Jamie Carragher admits he is softer on Frank Lampard than other top flight managers – but not because he played alongside the Chelsea boss.
The retired duo played alongside each other for England and were opposite each other in many Chelsea vs Liverpool battles over the years.
Lampard has since stepped into management but is currently struggling to deliver for the Blues despite a mammoth spending spree.
However, Carragher insists he won't be too harsh on the Stamford Bridge chief – but purely because he is inexperienced, rather than because of their relationship.
"I think people in our position get questioned on Frank. In that we played with him, if this was a different manager we'd be a lot more critical," Carragher said on Sky Sports Monday Night Football.
"They're right. And I'd be a lot more critical of managers on that list [former Chelsea managers]. Not because I played with Frank Lampard because I don't expect Frank Lampard to win the league at Chelsea.
"I don't expect him to win the Champions League. The other managers who come in with CVs, they've got years of experience, they've won the big trophies.
"Mourinho comes in, Hiddink, Ancelotti – all these great managers. So I would be more critical of them.
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"Frank Lampard has come into a job and I think of players in my generation. I think of myself. I watch Klopp on the line and I think I want to be Klopp, on the sideline, fist-pumping the Kop when Liverpool have won it. Looks amazing.
"Frank wants to be Jose Mourinho, John Terry wants to be Jose Mourinho. I'm sure Thierry Henry looks at Arsene Wenger and thinks I'd love to do that, I could do that.
"What I would say about players of our generation is, and it's why I took this job and didn't go into management, I want to be Jurgen Klopp managing Liverpool.
"But I don't want to go to Mainz for seven years and work my way up."
Chelsea boss Lampard is reportedly on the brink after Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.
However, the Blues boss is remaining defiant.
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