Emre Can ranks Watford bicycle kick stunner as his best
- Author: Angelo Rivera May 03, 2017,
May 03, 2017, 9:33
In recent weeks, Liverpool, Arsenal and both Manchester clubs appear to have been doing their best to miss out on a top four finish, all of them dropping points in games that they'd usually be expected to win.
In the last of four extra minutes, they failed to clear their lines and Prodl lashed his shot against the bar with Watford's final attack. "I couldn't do anything else there, because the ball was a little bit behind and I couldn't head it", he was quoted as saying by Liverpool's website.
He played on until the 13th minute before ceding his place to Adam Lallana, who had returned to the Liverpool squad after over a month out with a groin problem.
Klopp also revealed German worldwide Can has been playing through the pain barrier. He is a good boy, a good player - he deserves this goal. We tried everything for 97 minutes, but if you want [we made] this one mistake and it could've led to a goal - that's how football at the highest level is. "You see the situation, we had already defended it but what can you say". "We have pressure, yes, but pressure in the end of the season means you're fighting for something". It is positive pressure.
"We don't expect for a second that it will be easy".
"People wondered what was wrong with him, but we needed him in these moments".
Can said: 'I've never scored a goal like that. That is the best goal I've ever scored.
"I didn't think too much, to be honest".
'Of course, we knew before the [Watford] game what happened [on Sunday], with the other results, and it was a big, big step for us'.
"Everything is in our hands".
With three games to go, Liverpool look nailed on to secure a place in next season's Champions League. It was a hard game to play, we started really well and then we had to change Phil, who is very important player, and Adam Lallana coming on after so long out.
Liverpool were nearly denied in injury time when Sebastian Prodl's fierce half-volley rattled the crossbar.
With 40 points from 34 matches, Watford are eight points clear of the drop zone.
Yet though Lallana came close to scoring on the break, and substitute Daniel Sturridge forced a wonderful late save from Gomes in the dying seconds, Liverpool's failure to close out the game nearly cost them.
"I usually don't like to speak about luck, but today we were completely unlucky".