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Premier League: Lewis Holtby says Fulham have quality to avoid relegation

Lewis Holtby: On loan at Fulham from Tottenham until the end of the season

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Fulham's on-loan midfielder Lewis Holtby believes the club have the qualities required to avoid being relegated from the Premier League.

Wednesday's 3-2 home defeat to Liverpool - courtesy of an injury-time Steven Gerrard penalty - left the Cottagers four points adrift of safety, with a significantly worse goal difference than their rivals.

The London club have now taken just four points from seven league matches in 2014.

However, Holtby believes the side can take heart from recent displays against Liverpool and in the 2-2 draw at Manchester United.

"The belief is always there," he said. "We have to be mentally strong and that is the key to getting out of the drop zone.

"There is enough. We have got the quality to stay up but we need to get some points.

"We need to be solid at the back because we are conceding too many goals and that is a problem.

"We conceded two in the last game, three last night, and that is too many."

Fulham twice led against Liverpool before falling to the late loss and Holtby believes his side need to be more resilient in such circumstances if they are to upset the odds and beat the drop.

"It is really hard to imagine we lost this game," said the Germany international. "We had a really good game.

"The second and third goals are sloppy goals, we should have done better. We could have had three points last night.

"Should've, would've, could've - we lost the game and have to pick ourselves up and be mentally ready for the next game.

"It could have been three points against a Liverpool side who did not have their best game. It is really disappointing.

"Credit to all the guys, we had a fantastic game, but we have nothing and that is not what you need when you are fighting against relegation."