LIVERPOOL manager Jurgen Klopp told his players to gird their loins for the Premier League runin after they retained control of their top-four destiny with victory at Watford.
Emre Can’s stupendous midair scissors kick earned Liverpool a 1-0 win at Vicarage Road on Monday that provisionally gave them a three-point cushion over Manchester City in third place.
Victory in Liverpool’s last three games — against Southampton, West Ham United and Middlesbrough — will guarantee them a Champions League berth, but Klopp said there was still much work to be done.
“We need to stay focused, we need to stay concentrated,” said the German.
“We have pressure until the end of the season, but that’s a positive pressure. It means we are fighting for something. LONDON: Emre Can admitted his sensational bicycle kick that secured Liverpool a crucial 1-0 win over Watford in their Premier League clash on Monday was his best ever goal.
The 23-year-old German international — who took his tally to five for the season — produced his moment of magic in time added on in the first-half.
Victory kept Liverpool in third place in the table but in terms of Champions League qualification it pushed them four points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United, who have a game in hand.
The top four only qualify for Europe’s premier club competition. “I have never scored a goal like that — maybe when I was younger. That is the best goal I’ve ever scored,” Can told Sky Sports.
“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. Coutinho’s condition, only to say that the injury — sustained in a collision with Watford’s Adrian Mariappa — had been “really painful.”
Liverpool also hit the bar through a dipping Lallana volley and Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes had to make several second-half saves to keep them at bay.
But the hosts came within millimetres of snatching a stoppagetime equaliser when centre-back Sebastian Prodl thundered an effort against the crossbar.
“I said to the players after the game, if they want to kill me, that’s a good way to try it. I thought I felt something in this area,” Klopp said, gesturing to his heart.
Watford manager Walter Mazzarri,
“But the most important thing was three points after knowing what happened yesterday. It was a big game for us.
“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.” AFP whose side remain 13th in the table, said the final score was not an accurate reflection of the game.
“If you look at all Liverpool’s games, they usually create five or six clear chances,” said the Italian.
“Today we hardly conceded any chances and we also had a couple of chances, so overall it was a good performance.
“I usually don’t like to speak about luck, but today we were completely unlucky.
“Apart from Prodl’s shot against the crossbar, there were two incorrect offsides against (Stefano) Okaka and (Troy) Deeney. We played a really good game.” AFP
We have pressure until the end of the season, but that’s a positive pressure. It means we are fighting for something.
Emre Can scoring the spectacular goal for Liverpool against Watford. Liverpool won 1-0.