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Fulham boss Marco Silva expecting a Liverpool reaction after Europa League disappointment

Fulham boss Marco Silva is fully expecting a reaction from Liverpool when they head to Craven Cottage on Sunday.

The Reds have endured a difficult run of recent results, which started with a draw at Manchester United and was then followed by home defeats to Atalanta and Crystal Palace.

A 1-0 second-leg win in Bergamo on Thursday was not enough to see Liverpool maintain their Europa League challenge.

Jurgen Klopp, who will leave at the end of the season, has challenged his team to throw everything into their remaining six Premier League games as they look to edge back ahead of Manchester City and Arsenal in the title race.

Silva knows just what to be prepared for at Craven Cottage on Sunday but wants his team fully focused on securing a positive finish to their own campaign.

"What I know, and what I'm sure of, is that they are going to react," the Fulham boss said at a press conference.

"We all know Liverpool, we all know that they come from a really tough result in the Premier League, of course to be out of the Europa League was really tough for them as well.

"In 10 days, they lost the chance to be in the semi-finals (in Europe) and probably to fight to be in the final and they lost three points (in the league) that are really important for them, at Anfield which is not something that happens often.

"It is a game that is going to demand more from ourselves than if they had won the last two games.

"Of course, we don't prepare ourselves depending on what is going to be the reaction, we prepare what we want to do in the game and what we expect from them, to explore some things where they are not so strong, and to be aware of the threat that they have always.

"If you ask me if I expect a more difficult game than if the game was three weeks ago – yes. If they are going to be with the same confidence, we don't know."

Silva, who has a near full squad to choose from, will not let Liverpool's objectives get in the way of their own approach to Sunday's match – or any other over the run-in as Fulham target a top-10 finish.

"We don't care about the title race – we care about ourselves," Silva said. "Our fight is about getting three points.

"Our preparation for (the next game against) Crystal Palace will be the same as this weekend – and our preparation for Luton on the last day will be the same as for Manchester City."

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