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Fulham's Parker warns his defenders: 'Facing Liverpool is a hard test'

Sat 12 December 2020 | 10:38

Scott Parker has advised his brand new defense line to get ready for their "toughest test of the year" when Fulham face Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday

Parker fortified his back-four with various new signings before October's transfer cutoff time as the club zeroed in on remaining in England's top league. 

Fulham

have ceded eight goals less than at a similar point in their last 2018-19

Premier League

season. 

However, Parker cautioned any semblance of Antonee Robinson, Joachim Andersen, Tosin Adarabioyo, and Ola Aina – every one of whom are newcomers in Craven Cottage and regulars in the beginning lineup – to expect a dour test facing last season's champions. 

“I think it’s a tough test, arguably the toughest test of the year for the defenders,” he said.

“The three or four players – (Diogo) Jota, (Mohamed) Salah, (Sadio) Mane and (Roberto) Firmino – they’re top class who bring a different dynamic to most teams in the sense (they) look to run the space, get in behind you, get in on the counter, the speed, pace.

“So it’s going to have to be a big game from our defence at the weekend and they’re going to come up against a real hard test.

“There’s always tests in this division that they’ve come up against before and executed, so it’s a big challenge which I’m looking forward to seeing.”

Liverpool

have their own problems in the defense line, with Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez out of play sue to injury, however, Parker is uncertain whether his team would be able to penetrate the Reds' defense.

“I’m not sure. Of course, it’s well-publicised that they’ve got some big injuries in defensive positions, but in saying that the players that have been put in that position seem to be doing very well,” the 40-year-old said.

“So, like always, we’ll try and work out where we feel we can try and hurt Liverpool, but the team they are, the squad they have – they’re a very good side.

“Whoever comes in for the players that have been injured, those they are replaced by are equally as good a player.”

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