Fulham boss Marco Silva on Liverpool challenge: ‘I want to have a bigger game in a month’

Fulham boss Marco Silva has sent out a defiant message ahead of his side’s clash against Liverpool this evening.

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Fulham and Liverpool will decide who joins Chelsea at Wembley in the second-leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final this evening.

The Reds take a slender one goal lead into the clash at Craven Cottage, so the tie is still quite open.

Liverpool had to battle to a 2-1 win in the first-leg after Willian opened the scoring at Anfield.

So far this season, the Cottagers have shown to be difficult opponents for the Reds.

Fulham upset Liverpool with three goals in a wild Premier League encounter at Anfield in December.

Before Trent Alexander-Arnold came up with a game-winning goal late in the fourth inning to make it 4-3, the Reds appeared to be losing that one.

After losing twice to the Reds this campaign, manager Marco Silva will no doubt be hungry for a positive result on Wednesday evening.

What did Marco Silva say about the key clash?

Now speaking in his pre-game press conference, Silva has sent out a message to Fulham fans to spur the home side on much like Anfield does for Liverpool:

“They [the fans] are going to be crucial. They are going to play a big part. We need them always behind the team.”

“We want to make Craven Cottage really difficult for Liverpool.”

“It is true, after a goal for Liverpool, the way Anfield boosts them was crucial in the games against us. Let’s hope tomorrow, the opposite happens for us.”

It is the first time in the club’s history that they have reached the semi-final of the Carabao Cup.

However, Silva wants to go one better and play at Wembley next month for the final:

“It’s going to be so, so important for us. We are talking about a semi-final; a chance to play [in] a final, a chance to play at Wembley.”

“The players know how important it is for the football club but, for themselves as well.”

“If you can reach the last stage of the competition by playing sides like Tottenham and Everton, it is special for the club, the fans and them.”

“It is one of [my biggest games in England] but I want to have a bigger game in a month. This is my ambition.”

“Everybody agrees Liverpool are favourites — they are leading — but no one can take our ambition away from us.”

“The fans, of course, are really hungry to see the club again fighting for silverware.”

“Everyone is looking at us to see what we are capable to do against a top side like Liverpool.”

“Of course, it’s a great chance for us, but if the club keep doing the right things I’m sure that it won’t be the last.” 

The second-leg is set to kick off at Craven Cottage this evening at 20:00 GMT.

You can see our predicted XI for the clash here.

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