Lampard: The league is tighter so we have to keep improving

Champions Liverpool have already dropped 11 league points, four less than they lost in the whole of 2019/20, while Manchester City, who won the title in the two preceding seasons, have been beaten twice and drawn on four occasions in their dozen games to date.

Simultaneously, the likes of previous challengers Tottenham and Leicester City are enjoying strong starts, while Southampton, West Ham and Everton have offered the surprise element in the top seven a third of the way through this term.  

Lampard’s Chelsea are currently fifth, albeit averaging a slightly improved points per game tally on last season’s average and sitting just three points behind the joint leaders Tottenham and Liverpool, who meet this midweek at Anfield.