Frank Lampard claimed Chelsea’s defeat to Everton on Saturday proved his squad are not yet well equipped to win the Premier League.
Chelsea’s squad was bolstered with the six new players over the summer at a cost of over £250m and the hyge investment has yielded encouraging early dividends.
Lampard had masterminded a 17-game unbeaten run in all competitions which had led Jurgen Klopp to claim Chelsea were among the favourites to challenge the Reds for Premier League title.
However, after watching his side labour against a robust and physical Everton team, Lampard dismissed the claim that his side is ready to tough it out with Liverpool as ‘ridiculous’.
He said: ‘That’s life it’s a long season. If it makes some people who are talking about us winning the league we’ve got the best squad in the league it’s ridiculous stuff.
‘When you talk about best squads you have to look at the teams who have won it in the last two or three years their squads are full of strikers and wingers who scored 30 or 40 goals a season.
‘Midfield players who have won league titles all over the place, experienced people who have won it and Champions Leagues. We have some, we have some but we also have young players and as a squad we aren’t there.
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‘If you ask me in a couple of years and I’m still here and we’ve won a couple of leagues I’d say yes but at the moment people want to look at our squad and talk about it.
‘It’s gone very quick, I spoke after West Brom and Southampton and we were nowhere near good enough, rubbish, useless now last week we’ve got the best squad and we’re going to win it.
‘We’re probably somewhere in the middle that’s the reality of it and we’ll have to work through it. It was a big test for us tonight, we didn’t pass it but we will in the future.’