Emre Can scored one of the best goals of the season as Liverpool beat Watford, an amazing results as they stabilize a top four finish in the race for the Champions League.

Can met Lucas Leiva’s delivery with a wonderful bicycle kick which flew into the top corner.

Watford almost snatched a point when Sebastian Prodl smashed against the bar in injury time.

Liverpool moved four points clear of Manchester United in fifth, Watford remain in the 13th spot.

Jurgen Klopp’s side know they will secure a top-four Premier League finish – and a return to the Champions League for the first time in three seasons – by winning their final three games.

For much of a drab first half, during which forward Philippe Coutinho went off injured and was replaced by the returning Adam Lallana, the Reds did not seem like a threat to a well-organised Watford.

Lallana, who had missed the previous five matches with a thigh injury, did clatter the crossbar with a wonderful volley after Hornets keeper Heurelho Gomes’ poor punch.

However, that was soon surpassed by fellow midfielder Can.

“It was a massive win,” said England international Lallana. “We have three games left now and it is in our hands. We must stay focused.”

Scoreline

Watford

Liverpool
Can (45’+2 minutes)

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