Published: Wed, May 03, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Klopp hails Can's fantastic goal as Liverpool take vital win

Liverpool secured a 1-0 win against the Hornets with a goal-of-the-season contender from German midfielder Emre Can, who acrobatically converted Lucas' chip in first-half injury time.

Liverpool lost playmaker Philippe Coutinho to a dead leg early in the game, which saw Adam Lallana make his return from a month-long lay-off as a 13th-minute replacement for the Brazilian.

League rivals Manchester City, Manchester United, and Arsenal dropped points in the race for a top four position, so a win was vital for Liverpool, which has struggled against teams in the bottom half. We tried to play as good football as it's possible against an opponent like this.

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 was a big game for us.

"We scored a fantastic goal", he said.

Although his side have the points on the board, Klopp is still taking nothing for granted as he looks to guide the Reds back into the Champions League. It means we are fighting for something. "That is the best goal I've ever scored", he told Sky Sports News. It is positive pressure. "Even he can play better than he did tonight, but I'm not sure he can score nicer goals!"

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"We don't expect for a second it will be easy. Anyone who sees Southampton this season knows that's tough", he added. If people think we have the three points against Southampton they cannot have seen Southampton this season.

It was a largely forgettable contest with Can's effort a rare moment of inspiration, although Watford could have stolen a point at the end when Sebastian Prodl slammed a volley against the crossbar.

Watford remain on 40 points as a result of the defeat but are all-but safe as they have an eight-point buffer on Swansea in 18th place.

"I think that if you look at all of the Liverpool games that they play, they usually create five or six clear chances", he said.

"Today we hardly conceded any chances and we also had a couple of chances, so overall it was a good performance".

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