Manuel Pellegrini has made it clear he doesn’t know how many games Mark Noble will play this season but explained he will be captain whenever he does.
As the prepared for the tough opening fixture at Liverpool the manager said: “Mark Noble is the captain of the team and, although I don’t know how many times he will be selected, every time he is selected he will be captain!”
Noble, however, looks booked for a midfield role at Anfield – a match of which the manager said: “I know Liverpool are in a very good moment with a lot of trust in what they are doing but, in football, results can depend on two or three points in a game.
“We have a lot of trust in ourselves and we will go there and see what we can do.”
“We don’t have any special plans just for him (Mo Salah) because it would be easier if Liverpool were just Mo Salah, but they aren’t. They have Firmino, Mane, Shaqiri…but Salah is a great player and we all saw what he did last season.”