Addressing reporters ahead of Everton’s match against City today, December 31, Lampard disclosed that Haaland who was playing at Salzburg at the time has always been an amazing player.
“[Haaland] is an amazing player and the ultimate top-level players generally can do what he does in a top-level league. I coached against him in a pre-season game when he was playing for Salzburg. I tried to sign him for Chelsea and it was not to be.
“It was clear in our pre-match preparation what this boy was. Fair play to him. We are going against him and I respect those at the top of their game. I watched the World Cup final with [Kylian] Mbappe and [Lionel] Messi and Haaland has got himself in that bracket at a very young age.”
Lampard’s disclosure might be a bitter pill to swallow for most Chelsea fans, as the west London side has struggled for consistently prolific strikers for several years.