Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Emre Can scores stunner as Reds consolidate third spot

Manchester United, in fifth, have a game in hand but Liverpool are four points clear of Jose Mourinho's side and in control of their destiny.

The Germany worldwide flung himself at Lucas Leiva's clipped pass into the penalty area on the stroke of half-time and connected with a perfectly executed bicycle kick that flew into the top-left corner.

Can's goal was clearly the difference in Hertfordshire, but with seven players rated at over 6.5, Liverpool's team effort was just as important. I couldn't do anything else there, because the ball was a little bit behind and I couldn't head it. "We know what it means, not only for us, but also for the fans of the club", he told United Kingdom newspapers.

"It's deserved. In football you need this kind of luck, but we worked hard for it". It is positive pressure. In this moment, we have the opportunity to fight for it.

"We don't expect for a second that it will be easy".

"I thought we improved from last week when we didn't look patient enough, but today we looked better and had these moments".

"The goal was spectacular, I'm not used to that from Emre!"

"I didn't think too much, to be honest", he added.

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However, the Serbian has had a dismal season so far, struggling with an elbow injury and with no titles to his name. The Canadian was 6-3, 5-0 up when Kerber, the world number two, ended the contest after picking up an injury.

"Now we play Southampton; does anybody think we already have the three points?"

'Of course, we knew before the game what happened [on Sunday], with the other results, and it was a big, big step for us'.

"Everything is in our hands". We didn't concede them nearly anything and had a couple of chances so overall it was a good performance.

The hosts almost pulled level in second-half stoppage time, but Sebastian Prodl's shot bounced off the crossbar.

Emre Can did the least Emre Can thing ever last night and everybody, including those Watford fans behind the goal, looked on in utter disbelief.

Walter Mazzarri's side remain on 40 points in the table, eight points clear of the bottom three, and the Italian pointed a finger at the officials as his side slipped to defeat.

The Brazilian has started to rediscover his form over the past few weeks having struggled to settle back into a rhythm following his recovery from a separate ankle issue earlier in the year.

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