Fulham boss Scott Parker insists Sunday’s meeting with Liverpool will be a huge test for his players but he has urged them to enjoy the occasion at Craven Cottage.
The Cottagers go into the game on the back of six straight Premier League defeats, a run which has left them 19th in the table.
Parker’s men are 14 points from safety with eight games to go and the club’s fans are already preparing for life in the Championship next season.
Fulham will be hoping to secure their fifth league win of the season when they take on the Reds and Parker insists his team need to try and dent Liverpool’s title hopes.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s going to be a massive test for us. They don’t come any harder than a team that is fighting at the right end of the table for the championship with a fantastic manager, individual players and as a team as well.
“They’re going to cause us a lot of problems but, I’ll say it again, games like this are what these boys, only nine months ago at Wembley, battled through a hard Championship season to play in.
“It has been a tough season, of course it has, but Liverpool at home, Man City to follow, as a footballer, they’re the games you want to play in.
Is there fear a bit? I’m sure there is but there should also be excitement, real excitement to go and play against the best and prove your worth.
“Can we raise standards? Can we raise quality? Can we bring a belief back here which not only the players believe but the fans believe and the staff believe – and bring a bit of an identity back.”
Fulham are 12.00 to win, while the draw is 6.50 and Liverpool are as short as 1.25 to grab all three points.