Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher has today spoken of how he liaised with former team-mate Danny Murphy before and after he played against Manchester United, to wish him luck, and then to congratulate him for his performance. But he is hoping Murphy's good form ends this weekend as the title-challenging Reds visit Craven Cottage to take on Fulham themselves this weekend.
Murphy scored during the west Londoners' 2-0 victory over United, which ensured that Liverpool narrowed the gap further on their Premier League rivals. Carragher feels that Murphy has been the Cottagers' best player this season, but will hope that his form slides when Roy Hodgson's side host Liverpool on Saturday.
Carragher - a retired England international - told his club's official website, "I sent Danny a text before the game to wish him luck and another
one afterwards to say thank you. He did us a favour, but it's up to us to capitalise now."
He continued, "Danny has probably been Fulham's best player this season along with Brede Hangeland at the back. I think with Danny being captain and playing more of a holding role now, he's organising the people around him.
He's got great experience, so we know it will be difficult, but
it's up to us to try and pin him down and stop him playing because I
think he makes Fulham tick.
"Chelsea only drew at Craven Cottage, they defeated Arsenal there
earlier on in the season and we couldn't beat them at Anfield so we're
talking about a very tough game for us, but we've got to make sure
we're not another big team to drop points there."
Regarding the fight for the league crown, Carragher said, "We've got an opportunity to go top of the league with United
playing Sunday and it's one we've got to take. We've got to try and pick up three points in every game and try to
catch United. A draw is probably not a great result, even though we can
go top with a point because of the goal difference.
"When the game is finished on Saturday, we want to be top of the league," he concluded.
Alan Dawson, Goal.com