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    Watford 0-1 Liverpool Match Report

    Liverpool tightened their grip on a place in next season's Champions League thanks to a hard-earned victory over mid-table Watford on Monday night.

    Emre Can's spectacular bicycle-kick in first-half stoppage time, which flew past Heurelho Gomes on its way into the left-hand corner, proved the difference between the sides in a largely disappointing encounter.

    The German had already been denied by a full-stretch save from Gomes midway through the first-half, while Adam Lallana had also come close to scoring with an impressive strike which cannoned down off the crossbar.

    Liverpool continued their domination after the break, with Gomes being called into action on three instances to deny James Milner and Divock Origi, twice, as the visitors threatened to extend their narrow lead.

    The former Spurs stopper easily pushed Milner's free-kick wide, while he needed to claw Origi's curling effort away from goal and then deny the Belgian, whose pace had sent him clear of the Watford defence, once again.

    It took the home side until the final quarter of the match to create a clear-cut opportunity, but neither Nordin Amrabat, Etienne Capoue or Daryl Janmaat could find a way past Simon Mignolet when the chances arrived.

    Amrabat's angled strike from the edge of the penalty area was blocked by Dejan Lovren, while Mignolet made two impressive saves to tip Capoue's effort over the bar and push Janmaat's near-post strike wide of goal.

    The visitors could even have sealed the win on the counter-attack but Adam Lallana was unable to convert Emre Can's pinpoint pass from 15 yards and Daniel Sturridge was agonisingly denied by a low save from Gomes.

    Liverpool nearly paid for their wastefulness in the latter stages when Sebastian Prodl rifled against Mignolet's crossbar in the final minute of injury time but The Reds managed to hang-on to claim all three points.

    The victory allows Jurgen Klopp's side to consolidate third position, ahead of Sunday's home visit of Southampton, after both Manchester clubs and sixth-place Arsenal all dropped points over the weekend.

    Watford, meanwhile, are not mathematically safe from relegation despite having already hit the 40-point mark, and remain in 13th-place as they prepare to face Premier League champions Leicester City on Saturday.
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