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Summary

  1. Liverpool move on to 69 points
  2. Can scores with amazing acrobatic volley
  3. Lallana volleys against crossbar
  4. Prodl hits Liverpool crossbar late on

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By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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That's all from the football - the snooker is going to the wire.

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What next?

Watford

Watford have got three away games in a row coming up - at Leicester, Everton and Chelsea, before a home game against Manchester City.

You can see why some fans are saying that they won't get another point. 

What next?

Liverpool

Liverpool have got Southampton at home, West Ham away and Middlesbrough at home left. Win the lot and they are in the Champions League. 

We didn't deserve to lose - Mazzarri

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Watford

Walter Mazzarri
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Watford manager Walter Mazzarri: "We didn't deserve to lose. Today we were a team that was very unlucky. We played against a team that creates five or six chances on goal.

"We were unlucky in the second half because Deeney had a clear chance and he wasn't offside.

"Their wonder goal means nothing is going on our side because first real chance they had - and it wasn't really a chance - they took it."

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri says that his side didn't deserve to lose and were unlucky. 

'The goal was spectacular'

Watford 0-1 Liverpool

Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, speaking to Sky Sports: "It feels really good as you can imagine. It was a difficult game to play, we started really well and then we had to change Phil, who is very important player, and Adam Lallana coming on after so long out.

"We started patiently, played football and tried to create moments. The goal was spectacular of course.

"It was clear we have to work and that is what we did. It won't be easy for anyone to win here.

"We needed a bit of luck but we worked hard for it. They did not have a lot of situations but it was difficult to defend.

"We needed to be careful and I think the boys did well. I'm fine with the performance."

Pass master

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Lucas Leiva has registered three assists in his last five Premier League appearances, as many as in his previous 163 in the competition.

Jurgen Klopp is in front of the cameras now. No opinion on black ball gate but he does say that losing Philippe Coutinho so early was a major blow. 

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Liverpool realistically need to be fighting for not just CL football, but third place. Knowing Liverpool, we could so easily bottle the 3rd qualifying round. That means winning games by more than a one goal margin.

Ashwin, Cambridge

Still no sign of Jurgen Klopp or Walter Mazzarri. Can only presume they are watching the snooker. 

'Best goal I've ever scored'

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Emre Can
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Liverpool matchwinner Emre Can, speaking to Sky Sports: "I have never scored a goal like that - maybe when I was younger. That is the best goal I've ever scored. 

"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."

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No sign of either manager yet. This is a visual representation of what the win meant to Jurgen Klopp though. 

Klopp celebrates
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CONTROVERSY

Some massive sporting controversy over in the snooker, where the World title may hinge on whether Mark Selby actually hit the black or not.

Follow the latest here... but Geoff's certain

The black clearly oscillated, it's blatant on the replay. Could that swing the match in Higgins' favour?

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As a Watford supporter I'm genuinely concerned. We don't look like picking up another point this season and I'm not sure that 40 will be enough.

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Troy Deeney applauds fans
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You won't be surprised to hear that Emre Can 'has never scored a goal like that.'

Not many have!

Emre Can
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FT: Watford 0-1 Liverpool

Mark Schwarzer

Ex-Middlesbrough keeper on Radio 5 live

Liverpool were almost made to pay for not taking their opportunities during the game.

They rode their luck but in the end the result was all that matters - people will forget about the chance at the end and the performance overall.

The result gives them an extra boost ahead of their final fixtures.

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Sean McGreal: In terms of champions league football that could be a priceless crossbar for Liverpool

Dan Washbourne: with United still to play Spurs in the mood they're in, I don't think they'll be making up that gap this season.

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All smiles and high-fives from Jurgen Klopp. He knows that could end up being a big win. He runs and hugs Sebastian Prodl too, before picking up Emre Can.

A sensational goal has settled a pretty ordinary game. 

Can and Klopp hug
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FULL-TIME

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Emre Can wins it. 

Can celebrates with Klopp
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HITS THE WOODWORK

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Off the bar! 

Almost another cracker from an unlikely source! And Watford are so unlucky. They do stick the ball into the area, it's not dealt with and Sebastian Prodl is the man arriving at the far post. It's at an awkward height, bouncing knee-high, but he smashes the crossbar with his left foot.

Prodl shoots
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FOUR minutes added on. Now or never for Watford. Get it in the mixer. Nope.

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Mark Schwarzer

Ex-Middlesbrough keeper on Radio 5 live

That was excellent from Sturridge - who had a lot to do when he picked the ball up about 30 yards out. It was a superb strike and an equally good save. 

GREAT SAVE!

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That is superb stuff! Daniel Sturridge shows once again what he's all about, drifting past tired defenders with absolute ease, it all opens up for him and he's one on one - Heurelho Gomes gets a big hand on his shot but it's drifting in, it's going in, it goes wide!

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Liverpool are moving on to 69 points as it stands, four points clear of fifth-paced Manchester United who would have a game in hand. It's going to go to the wire.

CLOSE!

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What's he doing up there?! Joel Matip in the centre-forward position and he forces Heurelho Gomes into another save at his near post. 

Liverpool will not rush this corner. 

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Alistair Bruce-Ball

Radio 5 live commentator at Vicarage Road

It really hasn't been a very good game.

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The Watford onslaught has yet to materialise.

Isaac Success
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Johnny Magrinho: It is incredible how Liverpool are third. Our squad is threadbare at best & we've barely spent anything. Massive achievement.

SUBSTITUTION

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Adam Lallana is goosed, no surprise there. He's also now off, as Liverpool send on an extra defender in Ragnar Klavan. AWAY!

Lallana leaves the pitch
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Waste. Liverpool have a free-kick to defend but Watford go offside. That's a frustrating error. 

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Mark Schwarzer

Ex-Middlesbrough keeper on Radio 5 live

You see Klopp on the sidelines and you wonder how many players are listening? When he is shouting and shouting, after a while as a player you just switch off.

For Liverpool at this stage of the season, it doesn't really matter how they play - it is all about results. 

SUBSTITUTION

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Daniel Sturridge is on for the final few minutes, replacing Divock Origi, as Watford send on Stefano Okaka. Hit the big man!

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Liverpool are looking a touch edgy and shakey at the back. James Milner shanks a clearance and Simon Mignolet makes hard work of a Daryl Janmaat shot.

If Watford really go for this they may get their rewards...

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Isaac Success does beat his man and puts in a fine cross but Joel Matip clears with authority. Simon Mignolet then comes and claims with similar authority. A new man?

Isaac Success of Watford holds off Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool
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Mark Schwarzer

Ex-Middlesbrough keeper on Radio 5 live

Watford need to try to lift their game - nothing seems to be coming off for them and their final pass has been quite woeful really.

They need to give the ball to Success and give him the opportunity to isolate and take on Clyne.

Walter Mazzarri
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Into the final 10 minutes. About the point that this man might have been hoping to get on. As it is he's already done 70 minutes' graft. 

Lallana
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What are the rules here?! Watford head the ball out, it hits referee Craig Pawson and stays in play but a throw-in is given anyway. Think that should have been play on.

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Walter Mazzarri and Jurgen Klopp are enjoying themselves anyway.

As that Liverpool counter was unfolding Mazzarri was pounding on the dugout in frustration. A fit Adam Lallana would probably score. 

Walter Mazzarri and Jurgen Klopp
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CLOSE!

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Chance to seal it! Liverpool break from the Watford corner, Nathaniel Clyne whips over a peach of an early cross and Adam Lallana is in on goal.

One good, solid touch and it's 2-0. But it's a tired, rusty touch from the man just back from injury and he's tackled instead.

Big moment. 

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The crowd are back with us now too, plenty of noise. It's the players' responsibility to give you something to sing about, and the hosts have done that now. Liverpool are in for a testing last 15-20 minutes...