Watford 0 – 1 Liverpool
Emre Can scored a contender for goal of the season as Liverpool remained in the driving seat for a top-four finish with a 1-0 victory at Watford.
The Germany international’s audacious stoppage-time overhead kick brought a subdued first half at Vicarage Road to a spectacular end, laying the foundation for a crucial win for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
As Liverpool failed to double their lead in the second period Watford improved, but there was no way back for Walter Mazzarri’s men, who saw Sebastian Prodl thunder a volley against the bar in injury time.
With just three games remaining, the victory sees Liverpool strengthen their grip on third place ahead of the Manchester clubs, who they lead by three and four points respectively.
Watford, whose end-of-season stagnation continues, remain in 13th place on 40 points.
Unchanged from last week’s defeat to Crystal Palace, Liverpool were boosted by the return of Adam Lallana to the bench after recovering from a groin injury to end a four-and-a-half-week lay-off.
Adrian Mariappa was drafted into the Watford line-up in place of Jose Holebas and his fifth-minute challenge on Philippe Coutinho led to Lallana’s earlier than expected introduction, with the England international replacing the Brazil midfielder in the 13th minute after he failed to run off a suspected dead leg.