Kai Havertz ‘problem’ identified for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard after Liverpool loss


Kai Havertz has struggled to make an impact early on in his Chelsea career.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard still needs to find Kai Havertz’s best position after he was hauled off at half-time in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool, according to Jamie Carragher. Chelsea were forced to make a defensive change at half-time in the game against Liverpool on Sunday after Andreas Christensen was sent off.

Lampard made the surprise decision to bring off record signing Havertz though with Fikayo Tomori coming on to provide more defensive cover.

But Chelsea were unable to prevent Sadio Mane’s double-goal salvo from handing Jurgen Klopp’s side all three points.

It was another frustrating afternoon for Havertz, who similarly struggled to make an impact in their opening win over Brighton.

The 21-year-old was predominantly playing right behind the striker during his time at Bayer Leverkusen.


Kai Havertz came off at half time against Liverpool
Kai Havertz came off at half time against Liverpool (Image: GETTY)

But Lampard has deployed Havertz out wide in their opening two games with both his performances failing to impress.

The Chelsea boss has reiterated that it’s going to take time to integrate all his new players into how he wants them to play.

However, Carragher is struggling to see how Havertz fits into his system.

“I think of the problem Frank’s got is that he’s new to the job and he’s made all these changes,” he said on Sky Sports.

“It’s difficult to manage change. When you think of the great managers, Klopp hasn’t really managed to do that in some ways at Liverpool.

“Maybe in the next year to 18 months, the team will evolve and the second team of Klopp will come. I’m not even sure Pep Guardiola has had that really in his management career.

“I looked at Chelsea last season as being a 4-3-3 team, and now and again Frank threw a three at the back in tactically in big games. He beat Jose Mourinho twice and he beat Guardiola here.

“He went to 4-2-3-1 at Brighton with Havertz on the right. Today, he played him in a false nine.

Chelsea spent big on signing Kai Havertz (Image: GETTY)

“He’s obviously a quality player, there’s no doubt about that. But I’m already thinking, ‘where does Havertz play?’ even after just two games.

“He will play as Frank has paid big money for him, but where does he fit into a 4-3-3? He almost looks like a No 10 and we don’t see that much in football nowadays.

“He’s either going to have to be part of the front three in a wide position or he’s going to have to be part of a midfield three and be the attacking player from the midfield.

“Certainly where he played today, I don’t think that suited Chelsea.

“It may have suited him having played for Leverkusen in the false nine, but it will be a challenge working out where Chelsea are going to play all these players.”

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