Emre Can scored one of the goals of the season as Liverpool tightened their grip on a top-four place with a 1-0 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road.
The Germany international illuminated a horrid first-half when his audacious bicycle-kick broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time.
An early injury to Philippe Coutinho stifled Liverpool’s rhythm from the start and the visitors failed to carve up any chances of note in the opening period until a spectacular first-time volley from his replacement Adam Lallana, who was making his first appearance since March, agonisingly smashed against the crossbar.
But then came the real special moment: Lucas Leiva lifted an exquisite cross into the penalty area and Can finished with an incredible acrobatic effort which gave Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes no chance.
The Reds upped the ante after the restart with Lallana spurning a glorious opportunity to double his side’s advantage while substitute Daniel Sturridge, who was also returning from injury, forced Gomes into a terrific low save.
Watford, who would have moved into the top 10 with a win, improved in the latter stages and may have stolen a point right at the death when Sebastian Prodl struck the woodwork in stoppage time.
But it was Liverpool's night and the victory sees Jurgen Klopp's side consolidate third place, three points ahead of Manchester City, who have a game in hand. Watford meanwhile remain in 13th and eight points above the drop zone with only three games remaining.
TALKING POINT - Can's stunner.
Remember Wayne Rooney’s overhead kick against Manchester City in 2011? Of course you do, it’s never off the screen, even six years later. Well, Emre Can’s goal was much, much better. Rooney’s effort came off his shin while Can connected sweet as a nut. Goal of the season, for sure. Maybe this decade.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Emre Can (Liverpool) - Deserves the award just for his stunning, outrageous goal. A perfect strike and one you'll see for many years.
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