Mario Lemina says he was ‘scared’ about a possible reaction from Liverpool before starring in Fulham’s 1-0 famous win at Anfield, only the second time the club have triumphed at the stadium.
The Reds’ wretched slump deepened as they suffered their sixth successive home defeat in the Premier League thanks to Lemina’s stunning strike on the strong of half-time.
Jurgen Klopp’s much-changed team looked disjointed and rarely threatened and the result leaves them stranded down in eighth, four points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea who have a game in hand on the reigning champions.
From Fulham’s perspective, it was a massive three points and Scott Parker will hope Lemina’s goal represents a major turning point in his side’s fight for survival.
The Cottagers appeared dead in the water as they sat rock-bottom of the table at the start of the season but the club are now threatening to break out of the relegation zone after three wins in their last six games.
‘We are happy. We are struggling at the moment and it is hard to be at the bottom of the league,’ Fulham goalscorer Lemina said.
‘But we still believe in our quality and we showed in the first half we can play against a big opponent and in the second half we showed good character. It’s three good points for us.
‘Honestly, I am not going to lie, I was scared because they need to win some games. But I was so confident in my team. We have showed in all the games we have played that we play good football and deserve to be higher in the league.
‘In the last game I missed a big, big chance and I wanted to say I can score. It’s a good goal because we win the game.
Asked what has changed at the club, the Gabonese midfielder added: ‘I don’t know, we’re just working so hard.
‘I think we deserve better than this. We got the luck that we… sorry, I am losing my [train of thought]. I am so tired!
‘It depends on us and the way we play the other games. If we play like that I think we will stay up.’