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01st May 2017

WATCH: Jurgen Klopp sums up perfectly everyone’s reaction to Emre Can’s wonder goal

Er, yes he Can

Mikey Stafford

Despite what some angry Liverpool fans might argue, Emre Can is not “that type of player”.

By “that type of player”, we mean the type of player who can contort his body into a near impossible position to guide a jaw-achingly, ball-droppingly really good bicycle kick into the goal.

He did it Monday night against Watford when he got on the end of a beautifully floated Lucas Leiva dinked cross (yeah, also not the type of player) and flipped his long frame to make a perfect connection with his right foot.

An aggressive, athletic midfielder, the German can pass it a little, tackle a little and is┬ácapable of┬áshooting from distance, but nobody – not the Watford defenders, not the commentators on Sky Sports, not even his own manager – expected him to do what he did.

Upside down, he still curled the ball beyond a stunned Heurelho Gomes into the top corner of the Watford goal.

Jurgen Klopp was as gobsmacked as anyone.

“I would like to say I am used to┬áit, but that is not the truth. Especially from Emre,” he told Sky Sports.

“It is very important that Emre is mature and he has┬ádone really well in the last few weeks. He has a lot of good performances. But he can play better than he did tonight, but it’s not true┬áhe can score a better goal.”

 

The man himself did not disagree.

“I never scored a goal like that,” said Can as he accepted the man of the match award. “It’s the best goal I have ever scored.”

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