Chris Coleman will use the international break to go back to basics in a bid to instil belief in his faltering Fulham side.

A dismal defeat to bottom of the table Crystal Palace on Monday left Fulham three points off the foot of the Premier League table with four points from eight games. Coleman has a fortnight to prepare for a daunting clash with Liverpool at Craven Cottage and admits the break for World Cup qualifying could come in handy.

“We need to take stock of things and regroup. We’re losing a lot of players to the internationals but they’ll know what we’re doing on the training ground – I’ll make sure of that. Some of my boys need to wake up and smell the coffee. We have to show the same hunger whether we’re playing Manchester United or Crystal Palace.

If we don’t we’re in for a long hard season and come March or April we’ll still be in the bottom seven or eight teams. I don’t want to be there – I’ve been there before and it’s not a nice feeling.”