Lampard updates on Werner and Pulisic injuries, and knew James had goal in him

The boss went on to discuss the injury that kept Christian Pulisic out of this game and why Jorginho came off near the end.

‘Christian was training with us last week but he had a bit of discomfort a couple of days ago when he was trying to be in contention for today. It would have been a big ask for today and he has had to take a few steps back and we will have to see.

‘Jorginho is just tiredness. A lot of players are not fully fit at the moment and that is just the way it is. I thought they dealt with the rigors of the game very well in terms of how tough it is to come to Brighton when you are not quite there.’

As impressive as Werner was, it is Reece James who will share the headlines due to the quality of his strike.

‘The goal did not surprise me,’ insisted Lampard. ‘I know he can catch hold of shots and we try to get him in those positions to get shots away. It was so clean but I know he has that in him.

‘For the young players, the opportunities are there if the lads train well and perform well, and Reece does that for us. Right-back is a position where I have two quality players I can pick, with slightly different attributes, and that is a good problem for me.’