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Swansea won't kick up fuss if Liverpool rest Salah against rivals Stoke

By Phil Blanche

Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal will not complain if Liverpool rest Mohamed Salah against their relegation rivals Stoke tomorrow.

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.

The Egyptian forward could be rested ahead of Wednesday's second leg when Jurgen Klopp's side entertain Stoke at Anfield.

But Carvalhal, whose side are four points clear of Stoke and face Chelsea tomorrow, said: "Liverpool are 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.

"Even if they make changes, they will have most of their same side. It is like what we did in the cup and we won games, and they have ambitions for second spot."

Swansea are one place above the relegation zone and hold a four-point advantage over Southampton and Stoke, the latter having played a game more.

They were thrashed 5-0 at Manchester City last weekend, but Carvalhal insists there is no hangover from that bruising defeat to the champions.

Carvalhal replied: "We don't remember about that, it is finished. We never talked about it - and it has happened to other teams there."

Chelsea are five points adrift of Tottenham in the race for a top-four place and remain outsiders to be in the Champions League next season. But away wins at Southampton and Burnley have boosted their hopes.

"It is David against Goliath again, we are up against a good team," Carvalhal said.

"But at the Liberty we have good support from the fans and our players grow there, we play better at home. They have great players, all of them will go to the World Cup, and a good manager.

"But we want to make our presence felt."

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