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‘There are keepers in the Sunday League better than Kepa’

Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea
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Kepa is ‘the worst keeper in the English football pyramid’ says radio host Andy Jacobs, who urged Chelsea to reconsider their transfer plans.

Replacing the Real Madrid-bound Thibaut Courtois for a world-record fee of €80m in 2018 has proven to be one task too big for Kepa, who’s Chelsea future is under increasing doubt.

The error-prone Spaniard has been inconsistent for the Blues ever since, leaving Frank Lampard to drop him for four Premier League fixtures in February.

And while the Chelsea boss reinstated him in goal afterwards, he probably regretted it after Kepa conceded five goals in the club’s dreadful 5-3 defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday.

There was even a moment at Anfield when his own team-mates screamed at him for failing to properly deal with a free-kick, which nearly allowed Virgil van Dijk to score. Their frustration with him was undeniable.

Moreover, Kepa has only kept eight clean sheets in this season’s Premier League and just one on the road.

While his mistakes in goal may have cost Chelsea a chance to qualify for a top-four spot in the standings already, and Champions League football for next season. So naturally one must ask why keep him?

The Blues have signed Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech already to launch a challenge for Premier League glory. Adding Kai Havertz will help make them an even more formidable attacking force.

But the defence has been the biggest problem all season, with Chelsea fans growing increasingly tired of Kepa.

And now lifelong Chelsea supporter Jacobs has called on Lampard to fix his defensive problems, believing it will set the club up for similar success to what Liverpool experienced.

“I’d like to start with the thought that £71million can buy you the worst keeper in the English football pyramid, and including Sunday League,” Jacobs said on his talkSPORT show.

“I reckon there are keepers in the Sunday League who are better than him.

“He makes Ross Turnbull look like Lev Yashin – he never stops anything! Nothing!

“If it’s on target it’s a goal.

“If Petr Cech came out of the crowd in his suit we’d have been better off, we might have got a result,” Jacobs continued, still fuming.

“He’d still be better than Kepa in a suit. Honestly.

“The free-kick, which wasn’t a free-kick of course, but Kepa didn’t even bother to dive!”

Jacobs added: “Congratulations to Liverpool because they are a wonderful team, and it was a fascinating match.

“Chelsea started really well but there was a point about 20 minutes in where Liverpool thought, ‘hang on, we’re going to have to really do something here’, and they started pressing and pushing, which of course they’re brilliant at.

“I thought Chelsea hung in there and at 4-3… [Christian] Pulisic is a real prospect, no question about that.

“Chelsea look great going forward but at the back… they’re where Liverpool were two years ago, we’ve got all these weapons going forward but the one thing we haven’t got is a goalkeeper and a defender.

“So lets go and buy them! What the point in spending £80m on Kai Havertz, before you’ve addressed the problems in the squad?”

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