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Prodl came so close to equalising.

Jurgen Klopp had a funny message for his Liverpool players after Watford's late surge

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It’s been a brilliant couple of days for Jurgen Klopp.

The Liverpool managed watched Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal - their rivals to finish in the top four - all drop points on Sunday.

And the Reds took full advantage by beating Watford 1-0 on Monday evening.

Emre Can scored the only goal, volleying a wonderful overhead kick on the stroke of half-time that will be among consideration to be crowned goal of the season.

Unsurprisingly, the Liverpool midfielder called it the best goal he has ever scored.

"When the ball came I wanted to head it, but I saw the goal (was far away)," he said, via the Liverpool Echo. "It was a great ball by Lucas, I didn't think too much. I was really happy I could help the team.

"It's the best goal I've ever scored. It was a great time. I want to help the team, I am very happy I could help with the goal."

Video: Emre Can's stunner

Top four battle

The win boosted Liverpool’s hopes of securing automatic qualification to the Champions League. They are third, three points ahead of Man City and four points ahead of Man United, both of whom have a game in hand over the Merseyside outfit as the end of the season approaches.

Klopp is keen to ensure his players don’t get complacent as the battle hots up.

“We need to stay focused and we need to stay concentrated,” the German said, per Liverpool’s website. “We have pressure, yes – but pressure in the end of the season, in this period, means you fight for something.

“It’s a positive pressure, so we want to keep this – we want to keep this pressure high, we want to stay focused, we want to work hard and do everything for the points we can get. We don’t expect for a second that it will be easy.

Liverpool endured a late barrage of pressure

Liverpool came extraordinarily close to throwing it away when Sebastian Prodl hit the crossbar in the 94th minute.

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Klopp had a hilarious message for his players

It was a heart-in-mouth kind of moment, and didn’t sit well with Klopp.

He had a hilarious message for his players in the dressing room following Watford’s late surge.

“I said to the players after the game that if they want to kill me, then that's a good way to try!,” the German added.

“I said to the boys after the game: ‘If you want to kill me, that’s a good way to try!’ It’s crazy, it’s crazy, [it gave me] 500 million grey hairs!

“The situation tonight, we’d already defended it and then they had three players at the second post. What can you say?

“We tried everything for 97 minutes, but if you want [we made] this one mistake and it could’ve led to a goal – that’s how football at the highest level is.”

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