Emre Can called his wondergoal at Watford the best of his career after Liverpool took another step towards a top-four finish with a 1-0 win.
Can’s goal in first-half stoppage time was all that separated the sides, but his acrobatic bicycle kick was worthy of deciding any match.
“I have never scored a goal like that, just when I was younger,” he said on Sky Sports. “It was a very important match for us.”
Lucas Leiva chipped the ball into the area and Can twisted to fire into the top left of the net.
“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 and I scored a beauty like that,” he said.
After draws for Manchester City and Manchester United, Liverpool’s top-four fate is in their own hands—and they are guaranteed Champions League football if they win their remaining three matches.
“Everything is in our hands,” Can added. “If we win the three games we are in the Champions League.
“I think we are confident enough. We have a good team and if we perform how we can perform then we can play in the Champions League.”
Manager Jurgen Klopp was impressed with how his side handled the early loss of Philippe Coutinho to an injury to grind out a third straight away win.
“We had to change Phil, for us a very important player,” he said.
“We had Adam Lallana on the bench but he had only trained two times after four weeks so it was not a perfect start.
“But we were patient, played our football and tried to create moments. The goal we scored was spectacular but also the pass.
“We wanted to use our wide men to push the full backs and then you get to this position to play this pass and the bicycle kick is really wonderful.
“It is clear we had to work and that’s what we did. It was not easy for anyone to win here because Watford have really improved in the last few months.”