Lampard: “I thrive off pressure and I enjoy them”
“I saw the story about Mason Mount and I know it was absolutely fabricated from someone, particularly if it came from the German end,"
"I am not sure if he has any relatives out there or friends he can talk to, but it was a strange angle for that to have come from Mason.
"What I do know is with the young players who have got into the team, and the way football is at a club like Chelsea, if you are a young player who has a foot in and the club bring in a player who you hope raises levels, then the player should, and hopefully will raise their levels and everybody improves.
"I will be fair on how I pick the team. I won’t pick the team on whether you came from the academy, I will pick the team on how I think it should be picked every week, how they train and how they have been performing.
“Everybody should be positive going into the season, training as well as they can and then worry about the unity of the squad and how we go as a team.”
Lampard also noted the versatility of Kai Havertz who could play in several roles in midfield; a plus for his selections.
“Kai with his qualities is flexible to play in different positions, I haven’t changed my view in a few days of seeing him,"
“I think we can use his versatility. One of the pluses, when I spoke to Kai, is that he is very comfortable.
"He is not that ‘I want to play in this position; this is all I want’. He is potentially very happy to help the team; he can give us quality in different areas so it is not one that we have to nail down.”
Lampard knows that there would be much more pressure on him this season but says his main aim is to reduce the gap between Liverpool
"No matter what goes on at the club, there will always be pressures," "I thrive off those pressures and I enjoy them. I understand the different nature of pressure coming this year. It is why I love doing it.
"I didn't come into this job to fight for fourth place, although I know last year that it was an achievement and one of the goals that we set out to. I didn't come in just to bring academy players into the first-team and say I made debuts for this many players; I came here to win.
"Any club at our level has to try and tick the major boxes and recruitment is a huge part of that. Last year we weren't able to recruit in a big way. I wasn't able to bring in players I felt might be helpful for the way I wanted to go and the style I wanted to play.
"This year, I have been able to have some impact on that. But the club has, more importantly, being able to make decisions to bring in players. It changes the landscape, yes, but I am excited by that as much as feeling the pressure. I am ready to go and work."