Dire need faced Liverpool in their match against Watford at Vicarage Road as they fought for a Champions League position last night. They had a lot on the line against the determined Watford team.
The first twenty minutes of the game started tentatively for Liverpool as the ball position was relatively even. The pressure was however added when one of Liverpool’s key players, Philippe Coutinho was injured. As the game progressed, Liverpool began holding more of the ball possession, a worrying factor for commentators as they noticed Liverpool’s lack of quick penetration.
Liverpool attacked like a house on fire in the second half. But it was Emre Can’s goal in the late first half that sent the crowd roaring and in awe simultaneously. He lodged a brilliant bicycle kick into the top corner of the net. Lucas Leiva’s delivery was the driving force behind Can’s chance to score, and when he noticed that he was not going to be able to header the ball, he saw the opportunity to exceed lengths to score for his team. This set Liverpool at a 1-0 advantage, with Can mentioning it was “the best goal [he's] ever scored.”
Video technology became a recurring debate in the second half because of the unfair calls during the game. This has been suggested previously by Bayern Munich manager Ancelotti after his team were victims to offside goals by Real Madrid. Adding to more fair play, video technology is mentioned repeatedly, questioning the extent of its usage and the role the referee will play once it is implemented.