WATFORD – Emre Can scored a sensational overhead bicycle kick as Liverpool galvanised their grip on third place in the Premier League by winning 1-0 at
Having seen top-four rivals
It was Liverpool’s third successive away win and got them back on track after a 2-1 home defeat by
The only disappointment for the men in red at
M’Baye Niang registered an early shot on target for the hosts, but a sleepy start to the game was remarkable more for injuries than penalty-box action.
Coutinho came off second-best in an early collision with recalled
The Brazil international soldiered on until the 13th minute before giving way for Adam Lallana, who came on to make his first appearance after a month out with a groin injury.
EMRE CAN HAS JUST SCORED THE GOAL OF THE SEASON!!! 😂 🌟— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) May 1, 2017
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Six minutes later, Watford were forced into a change of their own when defender Miguel Britos signalled that he was unable to continue, which brought Christian Kabasele into the fray.
Liverpool went close with a couple of efforts from distance, Can extending Heurelho Gomes from range, and Lallana rattling the bar with a stunning 20-yard volley after Gomes had punched clear.
The visitors were toiling, their lack of ideas exposed when Lucas Leiva received a 44th-minute booking for a totally unconvincing attempt to win a penalty off Tom Cleverley.
But two minutes into stoppage time,
Lucas flighted a pass into the box, and with Nordin Amrabat standing off, Can launched himself into a magnificent scissors kick from 15 yards out that catapulted the ball into the top-left corner.
Buoyed by Can’s moment of brilliance,
Gomes had to box away a James Milner free kick and twice saved from Divock Origi, palming away a curling effort, and then standing up well to thwart the Belgian striker in a one-on-one.
What a picture.— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 1, 2017
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Etienne Capoue’s rising effort from distance was tipped over by Simon Mignolet, only for the officials to award a goal-kick, sparking a furious
The introduction of 21-year-old Nigerian Isaac Success gave
Liverpool might have won more comfortably had Gomes not saved from Joel Matip and substitute Daniel Sturridge, but they were indebted to the woodwork for thwarting Prodl at the death.AFP