Harrison Reed described Fulham’s narrow win at Anfield was a ‘massive’ result in their bid to fight off relegation from the Premier League – and suggested that Scott Parker’s side wanted the three poins more than Liverpool.
The tigerish midfielder was at his combative best as the Whites comprehensively won the midfield battle with goalscorer Mario Lemina and Reed coming out on top against James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and Naby Keita in the centre of the park. Reed told Sky Sports after the final whistle:
“It’s massive. We came here with confidence and we knew we have got a tough run. We had Spurs on Thursday, we’ve got City next and we knew if we could get something out of these games it would stand us in great stead. We’re delighted with the win today.”
Reed credited Parker with instilling Fulham’s players with belief that they could pick up a precious three points and felt that Fulham’s domination of the first 45 minutes was arguably one of their best displays in the current campaign.
“That was the message from the moment we built up to this game. The manager breeds belief to us – he speaks about coming here and winning, not coming here and getting a point or anything like that. It’s coming here and winning. I think the first half was a superb performance, maybe one of our best this season and then we had to dig in in the second half. We knew they were going to come hard, we were going to have to dig in and put our bodies on the line and we did that.
“I think we did want it more. I think that was evident on the pitch. From the first whistle, we did want it more and I think that was a big factor in us getting the three points today. We feel it has been coming. We spoke about it a lot. It’s been spoken about a lot – maybe that we haven’t been scoring enough goals and turning games into wins for us. We put in Maj[a] in January and he’s bought a striking instinct and goalscorer to our squad. He’s a dangerous player, he worked his socks off and he was brilliant today.
The former Southampton midfielder believes that the momentum is with Fulham, who have now moved level on points with Brighton and Hove Albion, who currently occupy seventeenth spot in the table.
“I think we feel that. I think we’ve been building. I think if you look at the start of the season to now, we’ve grown massively and I feel everyone in the league and everyone watching can see that as well.”