Scott Parker knows Liverpool represents a huge challenge, but insists Fulham won’t be shrinking violets when they step out onto the Craven Cottage turf on Sunday.
Victory for the Reds would put them top of the Premier League with seven games to go, but Parker has seen enough from his side to suggest they can cause Jürgen Klopp’s men some problems.
“Hopefully we’ll have an influence on the title race,” he said. “We’ve got some very good footballers at the Club and we need to start getting the best out of them.
“They have a chance at the weekend in front of the cameras to prove how good they are. If we play the way we want to play, we can cause an upset and we can get points.
“I’ve seen an upturn daily in the players in the way they’re training. Their standards have gone up tenfold.
“The way we played in the two games since I’ve been here; Chelsea we were on the front foot, we were aggressive, Leicester first half not so but certainly second half it was a performance which I wanted from the team.
“We’re at home with our fans behind us, another week of training down the line and the message being the same, and I hope on Sunday we’ll give it a good go.”
This season represents one of Liverpool’s best ever chances to win the Premier League, and Parker is well aware of the talent at Klopp’s disposal.
“It’s obviously a massive challenge,” he admitted. “It’s a team that is fighting at the right end of the table in terms of fighting for the championship, one full of individual quality which is up there with the world’s best.
“As a team they’re fantastic as well, so it’s a big challenge for us as a team but one we’re looking forward to.
“It’s a pretty deadly team. The pace and power they have in the side is frightening at times. They’ve got a top class manager and done consistently very well over the last couple of years, so it’s going to be a tough one.
“Over the last week we’ve worked tirelessly hard to try and improve performances and analyse the opposition the best we can, and try and work out where we can take little advantages when Sunday comes.”