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Chelsea and Frank Lampard must get rid of Kepa Arrizabalaga to hit new heights – Carragher

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Chelsea will struggle to push for the Premier League title unless they sign a new goalkeeper, according to Jamie Carragher.

The former Liverpool defender sees comparisons between Frank Lampard‘s side and his old team during Jurgen Klopp’s early years, when Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius were his goalkeeping options.

They failed to win a trophy until they replaced the pair with Alisson, picking up the Champions League in the Brazilian’s first full season before collecting the Premier League title this campaign.

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Chelsea will struggle to improve unless they replace Kepa Arrizabalaga, says Jamie Carragher

Carragher suggested it reminded him of Jurgen Klopp's early years as Liverpool manager

Carragher suggested it reminded him of Jurgen Klopp's early years as Liverpool manager

Carragher suggested it reminded him of Jurgen Klopp’s early years as Liverpool manager

On Wednesday night, Carragher witnessed Chelsea lose 5-3 to the champions and after incumbent Kepa Arrizabalaga let in five, he hit out at Chelsea’s defence.  

He told Sky Sports: ‘Chelsea won’t 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’s still in his early stages but those big signings can completely transform you as a team.

Loris Karius was Liverpool's first-choice goalkeeper for a spell in Klopp's tenure of club

Loris Karius was Liverpool's first-choice goalkeeper for a spell in Klopp's tenure of club

Loris Karius was Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper for a spell in Klopp’s tenure of club

‘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. 

‘You see a lot of centre-halves at Chelsea without seeing one really outstanding one, those are the areas that if they are going to challenge Liverpool and Man City they’ll have to rectify in the summer.

‘They are the worst team in the league defending corners. This is a massive problem for Chelsea.

‘Yes, Werner is coming in and the lad from Ajax, there is talk of Havertz as well. It sounds great and it gets supporters excited but it means nothing if you don’t sort out that back three and certainly that goalkeeper.’

Simon Mignolet was also first-choice at Anfield but both goalkeepers have since moved on

Simon Mignolet was also first-choice at Anfield but both goalkeepers have since moved on

Simon Mignolet was also first-choice at Anfield but both goalkeepers have since moved on

Kepa is the most expensive goalkeeper in the world after Chelsea paid £71.6million to sign him from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.

He has struggled to match up to his price-tag and has conceded more goals per shot faced than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League. 

The Spaniard made a clear and obvious error against Liverpool as he ignored calls from his defenders to collect a Liverpool corner as it bounced across the box.

Jan Oblak is thought to be Lampard’s top target to replace him, with Chelsea having already signed Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech this summer.

Lampard could look to replace the Spaniard in the summer after a difficult season at Chelsea

Lampard could look to replace the Spaniard in the summer after a difficult season at Chelsea

Lampard could look to replace the Spaniard in the summer after a difficult season at Chelsea

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Man Utd outcast Chris Smalling wanted by Inter Milan in season-long loan transfer with obligation to buy as Roma stall

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MANCHESTER UNITED outcast Chris Smalling is wanted by Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan.

The 30-year-old England defender is not part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans for this season.

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Inter Milan want to sign Man Utd defender Chris Smalling

He is being forced to train away from the main Red Devils squad, as talks over a transfer continue.

And Inter have now joined rivals Roma in chasing the centre-back, who wants a return to Italy.

The Nerazzurri are prepared to pick-up his £120,000-a-week wages for the entirety of his 12-month loan deal.



And SunSport understands there will also be an obligation to buy Smalling at the end of the move.

Roma are still trying to land the ex-Fulham ace after his successful spell with the club last year.

But they are growing frustrated with negotiations and are NOT willing to pay his full weekly wages.

It is understood Smalling – contracted at United until 2022 – is desperate to return to Serie A, but could be forced to stay in England with Fulham interested.

Conte has snapped-up a number of Premier League stars in recent years including Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Young.

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However, Inter are looking to offload defenders before making a move for Smalling, to raise funds.

Diego Godin is closing in on a switch to Cagliari while Milan Skriniar is being eyed in a £60m move by PSG.

Elsewhere, it emerged today United youngster James Garner has joined Watford on a season-long loan.

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THE new season is finally here – but there’s still plenty of time left for Premier League clubs to wheel and deal in the transfer window.

And one team making the running is Tottenham, with Gareth Bale closing in on returning to the club in a blockbuster loan move TODAY.

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THE transfer window rolls on for Manchester United.

And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side kick off their season this weekend, hosting Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

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