Tom Cairney rubbishes Liverpool theory as Darwin Nunez 'hat-trick' warning sent

Fulham captain Tom Cairney.
Fulham captain Tom Cairney. -Credit:Fulham FC/YouTube

Fulham star Tom Cairney was cautious in his preview of the visit from Liverpool after the Reds' recent form.

Jurgen Klopp's side ended their winless run against Atalanta in the Europa League thanks to Mohamed Salah's penalty in the 1-0 second-leg win. It wasn't enough to overturn their 3-0 first-leg deficit after Mario Pašalić added to Gianluca Scamacca's brace.

Liverpool missed the opportunity to keep pressure on in the Premier League title race after suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to Crystal Palace. The disappointment extended for the Reds after failing to make their opportunities count against Manchester United, which carried on against Oliver Glasner's side.

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With Manchester City two points clear, pressure is mounting on Liverpool to return to winning ways in the league and keep the pressure on amid the threat of Pep Guardiola's side eclipsing the opposition to a fourth consecutive crown. The Cottagers captain was reluctant to discuss Liverpool's pitfalls from recent weeks 'in case Nunez gets a hat-trick'.

He told Sky Sports: “I am not going to say too much, I am not going to say ‘they can’t finish, just in case Nunez gets a hat-trick.

"We have played them three times this season. I am sure you watched the League Cup, we lost by a goal over two legs and we had an amazing 4-3 game at Anfield earlier on in the season.

"Listen, I have never seen them in a bad game. They are a supreme football team. Amazing to watch for the neutral. Play forward. Aggressive. Counter-pressing.

"They create lots of chances. But I am expecting a reaction, it’s going to be a tough, tough game. They have quality all over the pitch. Jota coming back into the squad is a big bonus.

"We have always played well against Liverpool. But I won’t say they will miss most of their chances. I am sure they will create a few.”