Carlos Carvalhal comments on Liverpool potentially resting Mohamed Salah

Date published: Thursday 26th April 2018 2:54 - Matthew Briggs

Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal will not complain if Liverpool rest Mohamed Salah against Stoke on Saturday.

Salah took his goal tally for the campaign to 43 with a brace in Liverpool’s 5-2 win against Roma in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final in midweek.

The Egyptian forward could be rested ahead of Wednesday’s second leg when Jurgen Klopp’s side host relegation-threatened Stoke on Saturday.

But Carvalhal, whose side are four points clear of Paul Lambert’s men, said: “That is not my job. I know what I felt against City, that they would still play for points and play well. Liverpool are the same, I don’t think any team will need to bring in fresh players but they will be competitive.

“Even if they make changes, they will have most of their same side. It is like we did in the cup and we won games, so for sure they will be competitive and they have ambitions in the competition because they want to play second.

“Liverpool is not just about Salah. They can win without this player, he is fantastic, the player of the season but they do not depend on one player, it is about their dynamic and shape. They are very positive.”

Swansea sit four points above Stoke in 17th place and have a game in hand, but if Stoke upset a changed Liverpool side on Saturday lunchtime the pressure would certainly be on the Swans against Chelsea on Saturday evening.

“We don’t look at others, we depend on us. Even after the games of others this weekend, it will depend on us,” added Carvalhal.

“The same the week after, it depends on us. When you know that it is better and you don’t have so much anxiety to see if we must win over not. We can just focus on ourselves, it is in our hands, we are not easy to play against at home and we will try and achieve points. Let’s see afterwards how things go.”

 

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