Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Klopp's Reaction To Can's Wonder Strike As Good As The Goal Itself

In a largely-forgettable affair at Vicarage Road, Can struck an acrobatic overhead kick in first-half stoppage time to seal a 1-0 win.

Having struggled to find a breakthrough against the Premier League's lower outfits at times this campaign, Klopp praised his team for dealing with a Hornets squad that was largely setup to defend.

Despite that hard run-in, defender Adrian Mariappa is keen to improve on the points tally and will be looking to take lessons from the Liverpool game into the remaining weeks.

In a game where no player from each side had an outstanding game, Can's piece of magic in a subdued encounter earned the Germany global man-of-the-match honours.

"We had some chances for ourselves and overall it was a good performance".

The race for a top four spot will go down to the wire and Mignolet is wary of getting complacent after three wins in their last five league games.

Liverpool stay third in the Premier League table and made the most of top-four rivals Manchester United and Manchester City dropping points on the weekend.

"We have the opportunity to fight for it".

"But they scored a goal like this and we could have scored with Prodl, but it didn't happen".

With them sitting back, it wasn't easy but we still created chances.

Klopp also revealed German global Can has been playing through the pain barrier.

Sometimes, an very bad game is blessed with a righteous goal.

"He had a problem with his calf but we had no possibility to leave him out, it was not possible for us". If people think we have the three points against Southampton they cannot have seen Southampton this season.

"We have to keep our focus, keep our feet on the floor and keep grinding out results like we did against Watford", Mignolet said.

"This kind of pressure, I really love". I turned a little early and didn't see it hit the back of the net.

"I would like to say I'm used to it, but it's not the truth, especially not from Emre", Klopp told Sky Sports when asked about Can's goal.

'I didn't think too much, to be honest, ' he added. "Even he can play better than he did tonight, but I'm not sure he can score nicer goals!"

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