Parker ‘immensely proud’ after Fulham’s Anfield triumph

Scott Parker said he was “immensely proud” of his Fulham side after their win at Liverpool, where their game plan worked to perfection.

The 1-0 victory moved Fulham level on points with fourth-from-bottom Brighton and just one point behind Newcastle in the battle to stay up.

Defending champions Liverpool have now lost six home matches in a row and Whites boss Parker was keen to exploit their defensive frailties.

He therefore switched to a 4-4-2 formation, with Ademola Lookman causing Liverpool major problems on the flank and Bobby Decordova-Reid and Ivan Cavaliero also offering a constant threat along with striker Josh Maja.

Asked if his team selection was intended to try to expose Liverpool’s shortcomings, Parker said: “It was. I picked a team today that I felt would best suit Liverpool’s style and how I thought we could hurt Liverpool and that was the sole reason behind it.

“I thought the attacking players were nothing short of fantastic.

“Everything we worked on came to plan; Cavaleiro, Bobby and Lookman stretching the game and with Maja I always want us to be a goal threat and I thought we were that.”

Fulham were worthy winners at Anfield, where they dominated the first half and stood firm in the second.

Parker said: “I’m immensely proud. It was a big performance.

“In the first half we were the front-foot attacking team I want us to be.

“In the second half, coming to a place like Anfield, you are going to have to be organised and disciplined.”