Emre Can overhead goal 'special and really wonderful' - Liverpool's Klopp
- Author: Leroy Wright May 02, 2017,
May 02, 2017, 15:56
Liverpool produced a mature performance away from home, as they grabbed a 1-0 win at Watford's Vicarage Road thanks to Emre Can's wondergoal.
"The goal was spectacular of course", enthused Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, happy to flash a smile following the final whistle.
Lucas Leiva clipped a lofted pass into the area and the Germany global executed a spectacular bicycle kick that nestled in the top-left corner.
The Reds, who have just three Premier League games remaining, are now three points clear of City and four ahead of United, while Arsenal trail Klopp's outfit by nine.
Can later described the goal as the best he has ever scored in his still young football career.
"I didn't think too much and then I scored and I think I will never score [a goal like that] again!" "We have three games left now and it is in our hands".
"If people think we already have the three points against Southampton then they've not seen them play this season".
"It went like we wanted and that feels pretty good".
"It was a good goal, maybe one of the best of the season".
"We didn't play ideal tonight and it would have been hard to accept, but we got the three points and that is all that the lads deserved".
As Watford poured forward, Liverpool's goal lived a charmed life with Sebastian Prodl smashing the crossbar with a stoppage-time volley.
Liverpool were nearly caught cold in the last minute of injury time, but Prodl's fierce half-volley cannoned back off the crossbar, leaving the visitors breathing a late sigh of relief.
"He's got to go in the team [against Southampton] you have to take one of the central midfield three out, you have to, he's just that good and that important".
"It is clear we had to work and that's what we did".
"We weren't patient enough last week, but it was better today", Klopp said.
Having lost Coutinho to injury early in the game, the Reds were wasteful in attack, although Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes also deserves credit for keeping the Reds at bay.
Despite that hard run-in, defender Adrian Mariappa is keen to improve on the points tally and will be looking to take lessons from the Liverpool game into the remaining weeks.
"It's always disappointing to lose at home, "he said".
The goal from the German worldwide was unquestionably one of the best seen in the Premier League in 2016-17 but what felt most remarkable about it was that it materialised after such an undistinguished performance from Juergen Klopp's team.