Emre Can, What A Hero
Liverpool took a huge three points from Watford on Bank Holiday Monday thanks to a wonder strike from Emre Can. The German international performed some insane acrobatics to reach Lucas Leiva's cross and scissor kick home the Reds' only goal of the night.
As the race for the top four continues to be too close to call, Jurgen Klopp simply had to steer his side to victory against Watford.
The plan didn't start very well though after Philippe Coutinho was forced to leave the field early on. Replaced by Adam Lallana to cheers from the travelling Kop it was still a real concern as Lallana himself had only just returned to fitness.
Lallana however looked completely match fit and had an instant impact on the game including an awesome volley in the first half which smashed out off the bar. Most fans thought that would be the only stroke of magic for the evening but Emre Can had other plans.
I tried to explain that goal in the intro but I don't think words do it justice. Just watch it.
The second half became a bit more nervy for the Reds as Mazzarri's side had to come out and attack. Watford began to pile forward but Liverpool dealt with any danger. Simon Mignolet must also be praised for some strong decisions and a fingertip save which kept his side in the game.
In the dying minutes of the match Daniel Sturridge was given a run out. I'm desperate to see Danny score again and pull out that famous dance, he was so close to doing so on Monday night but a great save from Gomes denied him.
It always felt in the second half that Liverpool might need another goal to fully secure those vital three points and that theory was nearly proved right in the final minute of the game when Prodl also smashed a shot off the bar.
It was truly a heart in mouth moment but thankfully the Reds hung on. Manchester United are Liverpool's main concern now for the top four but Mourinho's side have an extremely tough run in on the fixture list. On paper, Liverpool's games are easier but as we have found out this season, that doesn't mean it's going to be straight forward...