Carvalhal: Swans put Liverpool in traffic

Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal believes his players successfully prevented Liverpool from playing their normal game on Monday night, to secure a 1-0 victory.

Alfie Mawson scored the decisive goal in the 40th minute and the home side were able to hang on for a crucial three points – against a team that came into the game having ended Manchester City's unbeaten Premier League record last week.

Carvalhal compared Liverpool to a Formula 1 car and told his players to keep the Reds stuck in traffic. He was delighted the Swans were able to pull off the win, even if they didn't play in their preferred style.

"I said to my players that Liverpool were a top team, they are really strong, but they are a Formula 1 car. If you put a Formula 1 car in London in traffic, the Formula 1 car will not run very fast," Carvalhal told Sky Sports.

"That is exactly what we had to do to play against Liverpool – stop them playing the way they like. We had the fortune to score and after that, playing against a strong team, we held on.

"It is not exactly the way we wish to play but, given the circumstances, to win 1-0 against a strong team and get the points we needed was good.

"My players were gladiators at the end and we achieved a very important win."