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Emre Can produces beautiful first touch during Watford 3-3 Liverpool

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It's been nothing short of a whirlwind start to the 2017/18 Premier League season.

Arsenal kicked things off with a dramatic comeback against Leicester City on Friday night, the Gunners coming from 3-2 down to win 4-3.

Late goals from substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud, adding to Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck's efforts, cancelled out a Jamie Vardy brace and Shinji Okazaki's header.


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Friday's seven-goal thriller was then followed by an entertaining 3-3 draw between Watford and Liverpool on Saturday.

Liverpool were winning 3-2 heading into stoppage time but were forced to settle for a point when Miguel Britos controversially struck in the 93rd minute.

The Uruguayan bundled the ball home from Jose Holebas' corner, but replays showed he was in a clear offside position.

Liverpool only have themselves to blame, though, following what was a poor defensive display, with Jurgen Klopp bemoaning his side's mistakes after the game.

"We know we can do better. We have to do better," the German said. "I was not happy with the first half. It was very physical and Watford was too often the winner."

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Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah were Liverpool's goalscorers at Vicarage Road, but it was a piece of skill from Emre Can that was the game's real moment of magic.

In the 68th minute, with Liverpool 3-2 ahead, the German produced a stunning first touch on the run to not only pluck the ball out of the air, but keep it up and not break stride. Check it out.


It's one thing to bring a ball down cleanly from so high, but to do so while running at full speed is hugely impressive. Here's how Twitter reacted to Can's touch.


Unfortunately for Can, much of the post-game chat focused on Liverpool conceding so late on and Philippe Coutinho's future at the club.

Coutinho handed in a transfer request on Friday but Klopp insisted he wasn't thinking about it today and that the club's stance is still not to sell.

"I've had no time to think about it today," he said, per the Liverpool Echo. "I had to prepare for a match. If I was upset, I'd tell the player himself.

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"I didn't get it (the transfer request) but I can say something that's more important. As a manager of a football club, I have bosses that decide, for example, if we sell a player or we don't sell him.

"Then I have to accept it. If they don't sell him, then I am not involved any more. I'm responsible for all of our players, not just one or two or three, but all of them.

"I can't say anything about it, the only thing is I work with the players I have. That's what I'm always doing."

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