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Emre Can and Tom Cleverley.

Emre Can makes Tom Cleverley pay for comments on helping Man Utd with tidy skill

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Liverpool tightened their grip on a place in the top four against Watford on Monday thanks to a moment of magic from Emre Can.

In the second minute of first half stoppage time, the German found the top-left corner with a stunning overhead kick from Lucas Leiva's pinpoint cross.

Can's goal - which he claims is his best ever - secured a vital 1-0 victory for Liverpool to move three points ahead of Manchester City in fourth and four above fifth-placed Manchester United.

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"It was a special goal but I'm very happy that we got the three points, it was the most important [thing]," he told the club's official website.

"It was the best goal I've ever scored. It was an unbelievable goal!"

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What made the win even sweeter for Liverpool's players and fans is the fact Tom Cleverley was determined to cause an upset and help out his former employers, Manchester United.

Speaking ahead of the game, the Watford midfielder explained how they will play a large role in who finishes in the top four because of their remaining fixtures.

More specifically, he explained how Watford could "do United a favour" by denying Liverpool all three points at Vicarage Road - which they didn't.

Watford v Liverpool - Premier League

Cleverley told ESPN: "We will have a big say in what happens at the top of the league. We still have to play City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton in the last five games.

"I think it'll be Chelsea and Spurs as the top two and then the two Manchester clubs making up the top four.

"I might regret saying that with Liverpool coming on Monday night, but hopefully we can do United a favour."

Watford v Liverpool - Premier League

Big mistake, Tom. As Cleverley predicted, he was made to eat his words when Can's stunner saw Liverpool leave Hertfordshire with a 1-0 win.

But it got even worse for the much-maligned 27-year-old, who was humiliated by Can in the second half.

In the video below, the German produces a neat piece of skill to evade Cleverley's challenge and put him on the floor. Check it out.

Sit down. Perhaps Cleverley should focus on his current club rather than try to help out United, who he joined in 2008 but left seven years later after failing to make the grade.

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