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Scott Parker believes Fulham can stay up if they beat Liverpool

  /  autty

Fulham caretaker Scott Parker has called on his players to pull off the Premier League's greatest-ever escape, believing they can still stay up if they beat Liverpool at Craven Cottage on Sunday.

No club has ever come back from sitting 13 points adrift of safety in the top flight, with West Ham's comeback from 10 in 2006-07 the current record.

Parker received a text from a friend this week containing a list of clubs that avoided relegation against all odds, including Fulham in 2007-08 after they sat six points adrift.

He wants that same spirit now and said: 'We realise it is going to be very difficult but there's a chance and one result kick-starts that. Confidence all of a sudden goes up another level.

'The players understand it's possible. At the same time, we are realistic. We realise the situation ahead. But it's a good opportunity this weekend to start that against a very good team.

'Confidence is a huge thing. When I took over from Claudio (Ranieri), the squad was where it was. We'd come off the back of some bad results.

'I certainly tried to take that pressure off. The focus was "you need to win football matches, we need to stay up" and it wasn't working so we needed to try to change that.'

Parker also discussed how he felt the club became 'disconnected'.

'The biggest thing was the fans, really,' he continued. 'At times, certainly, this year I have felt a distance from the fans.

'That was down to us as a team and the performance we were giving the fans. For me, there is a way to lose football matches and Chelsea was a prime example.

'We lost the match but the lads got clapped off, so there is a way to lose football matches.'