Liverpool midfielder Emre Can says his overhead kick at Watford was an instinctive reaction but it turned out to be “the best goal I’ve ever scored”.
While the match at Vicarage Road will not live long in the memory, Can’s superb overhead kick in first-half stoppage time is a bona fide contender for goal of the season.
It proved enough to earn Liverpool a 1-0 win and they now have a top-four finish in their own hands after moving four points clear of United in fifth.
Can was delighted with his effort, which ended a poor first half from both sides, but said that taking the three points was ultimately more important.
“I have never scored a goal like that – maybe when I was younger. That is the best goal I’ve ever scored,” he 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.
“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.”
Jurgen Klopp enthused over Can’s timely winner.
“We scored a fantastic goal,” he said.
“I only saw it once but it looked already pretty nice. I turned a little early and didn’t see it hit the back of the net.
“It was difficult game, a difficult opponent. We passed a lot, we improved from last week when we didn’t look patient enough, we looked better.”
Klopp also revealed German international Can has been playing through the pain barrier.
“He is a good boy, a good player and he deserves it,” he added.
“We thought we needed him and he tried as good as possible. These problems are sorted and he can build on his performances.”