Scott Parker insisted that Fulham fully deserved their win over Liverpool and is “very proud” to have overseen the result.
Fulham compiled further misery on last season’s champions by inflicting a sixth consecutive defeat at Anfield upon them.
Mario Lemina provided the goal that made the difference shortly before half-time, and Fulham held on for a 1-0 win.
They have been improving of late and creeping towards safety – even though they remain in the relegation zone for now.
And Parker believes this result was the reward for how far they have come.
He told BBC Sport: “It’s a big win. There’s a lot of emotion and I am very proud.
“I am happy for the players and the team because they got nothing short of what they deserved.
“In the first half I though we were fantastic. Numerous chances and we stuck to the plan in terms of how we wanted to cause them problems.
“The main thing coming into the game was ‘can we put our stamp on it?’. Easier said than done of course. In the second half you never want it to pan out that way of course.
“There was a resilience and real attitude to keep the ball out of the net and defend. It was an overall all round performance by us.
“I still wanted us to get a foothold but defensively in terms of our line, distances and key headers it was massive.
“We’ve had a lot of draws, where I often stand here and say ‘we have just fallen short a little bit’ and the way the first half went felt similar until a bit of magic from Mario [Lemina].
“We deserved this result and we have deserved better results over the last few weeks.”
Klopp tips Fulham to stay up
After losing to them, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was complimentary of Parker’s Fulham side.
He told Sky Sports: “Fulham will cause us problems – it’s clear. They’re in a good moment, they’re a good team. We all agree a team like this should stay in the Premier League.
“There were moments we could have had more of an impact on the game. Conceding that goal before half-time was a massive blow.
“We tried to react and the boys showed that. In the end we don’t score goals and that’s a big problem.”