Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has heaped praise on Liverpool ahead of their Premier League showdown on Wednesday night.
The Blues will give new Premier League champions Liverpool a guard of honour before the game, with the Reds lifting the trophy afterwards.
Liverpool go into the game having dropped eight points in their past five matches, but still remain 30 points clear of Chelsea.
And, speaking ahead of the game, Lampard highlighted the “speed, power and individual qualities” as key ingredients to their success under Jurgen Klopp.
He told Sky Sports : “They’ve been working together for a while now, Liverpool, and the thing that jumps out at you is their consistency.
“I know how hard that is. You don’t see that sort of consistency, in terms of performance and results, in many Premier League seasons.
“The have speed, power, individual qualities all over the place. It’s always impressive when you see a team that plays in the image of their manager, with character and aggression. You can see the evolution since [Klopp] has been there.
“But it’s not a case of trying to clone Liverpool. We have to try and do it in our own way to close the gap.”
Lampard also insists Chelsea’s season must not be judged solely on the “black and white” Champions League qualification bid.
The Blues face Liverpool and Wolves in their final bid for a third-placed finish, which the former Stamford Bridge midfielder would regard as a good return in his first term at the west London helm.
The 42-year-old maintains however that Chelsea’s progress this term cannot be limited to final league position alone.
“I understand the black and white judgement of the outside world and the Chelsea fans about it because it’s a clear objective to get into the Champions League,” said Lampard.
“I get that it’s black and white on the outside; I don’t think it should be on the inside.
“When you’re inside and you’re working daily and searching for improvements and signs in where you want to get to, whether you come in the top four or whether it does not quite work out, from some of the strides we’ve made this year there are huge positives that I feel at the club and what we may do going forward.
“I have a huge desire to get there but I’d still feel we’ve made huge strides.”