It was a moment of brilliance that punctuated a rather dour affair at Vicarage Road yesterday as Liverpool midfielder Emre Can’s spectacular overhead kick snared the visitors all three-points against a logy Watford FC side as the Reds not only took control of their top four fate, but put a horse in the Goal of the Season race.
“I have never scored a goal like that – maybe when I was younger. That is the best goal I’ve ever scored,” said Can, following the final whistle. “I saw the space and I ran behind and my first thought was that I wanted to head it, then I didn’t think too much, explained the German, bagging only his seventh goal since moving from Bayern Leverkusen three years ago. “But the most important thing was three points after knowing what happened yesterday. It was a big game for us,” stressed the 23-year old. “Everything is in our hands. If we win the three games we are in the Champions League. We are confident. If we perform how we can perform then we can do it.”
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In the absence of Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson, who remains sidelined with an ongoing foot problem, Can has started stamping his authority on the Reds midfield, forming a symbiotic relationship with Georginio Wijnaldum and adapting his game to suit whoever might be shoe-horned in beside him. As of late, it’s been Lucas and it was the Brazilian who provided the lofted ball into the area for the German to smack home — the kind of goal you can watch again and again.
“Actually, I would love to see it again – everybody is speaking about it. I’ve only seen it once, but it looked already pretty nice,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, echoing those sentiments. “I probably turned a little bit too early when I saw it would hit the back of the net. It was a difficult game as everybody saw,” continued the Reds boss. “I thought we improved from last week when we didn’t look patient enough, but today we looked better and had these moments. Of course, we didn’t train for a bicycle kick from Emre!” added the German with his trademark laugh. “It was really nice because we could imagine how they’d defend. We scored this fantastic goal and then you have to stay in the game.”