Danny Murphy: Fulham have no fear of Liverpool

Cottagers captain focussed on Anfield return
Fulham captain Danny Murphy insists his side should have nothing to fear from Liverpool as he prepares for his team’s Premier League match on Sunday.

The Cottagers head to Liverpool having added German champions Wolfsburg to their impressive list of Europa League scalps on Thursday night.

While making the Europa League semi-finals has brought Roy Hodgson and his team deserved praise, Fulham's recent league form has been a source of concern.

Last week's win over Wigan ended a three-match losing streak and Fulham have yet to win a league match away from home since their season opener against bottom club Portsmouth back in August.

Rafael Benitez's side will draw level with fifth-place Tottenham with a win as they step up their hunt for a place in next year's Champions League.

The Cottagers have beaten champions Manchester United and came close to taking points off Arsenal and Chelsea though, which gives Murphy cause for optimism.

The former Liverpool favourite: "They have some top-class players and it will be tough because for all their woes in the Premier League, they still have a good home record.

"We have shown in the last couple of years that we don't fear the big guns though.

"We have beaten Manchester United, given Arsenal a good run for their money, and held Chelsea at Stamford Bridge until the last few minutes, so we have to be confident we can put in a good performance there."

Murphy spent seven successful years at Anfield after arriving at Liverpool as a 20-year-old with a £3 million price tag from Crewe.

He was part of the Liverpool team which won a cup treble under Gerard Houllier in 2001.

Murphy was sold to Charlton in 2004 and then joined Spurs before arriving at Craven Cottage in 2007.

The 33-year-old did not play in Fulham's 3-1 win over Liverpool earlier this season and he is yet to beat his old club since leaving in Anfield in eight attempts.

He admits it will be an emotional occasion for him.

"We drew up there last time and that was the first time I had gone to Anfield and got anything from there, which was nice," the midfielder said.

"It's a wonderful place to go and play your football. I learned how to play football by watching games there when I was growing up and some of the most successful moments of my career have come at Anfield.

"I'm looking forward to it, as always and I'm sure it will be as good an atmosphere as always on the Kop. It still holds a special place for me in my heart and I love going back there."

Hodgson will continue to risk the wrath of the Premier League by resting some of his players for tomorrow's game, which will be the Cottagers' 56th of the season.
Simon Davies (rib), Bobby Zamora (Achilles) and David Elm (virus) are all doubtful but Nicky Shorey and Stefano Okaka are available after they missed Thursday's 1-0 win because they were cup tied.

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