Can acrobatics win Carling Goal of the Season

26 May 2017
Emre Can goal v Watford for Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder’s overhead kick at Watford tops 10-goal shortlist for the best strike of 2016/17

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Emre Can’s acrobatic effort at Watford has won the Carling Goal of the Season award. 

Can’s audacious volley on 1 May was the winning goal at Vicarage Road as Liverpool took a giant step towards a top-four finish and a return to the UEFA Champions League.

Running on to meet Lucas Leiva’s lofted pass, Can swivelled and took flight to connect with an overhead kick that beat Heurelho Gomes from just inside the box.

"I didn't think too much and then I scored and I think I will never score [a goal like that] again!” Can told "It was the best goal I've ever scored. It was an unbelievable goal!" 

Emre Can wins Carling Goal of the Season
Emre Can is presented with his 2016/17 Carling Goal of the Season award

Can’s goal was chosen from a shortlist of 10 contenders from the combined votes of a panel of experts and the public, who picked their favourite via the Carling Tap or the Carling website.

It beat other stunning strikes including Andy Carroll’s scissor-kick, Eden Hazard’s dribble and finish, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s flicked scorpion goal.

He follows Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante and Antonio Conte, who won the EA SPORTS Player and Barclays Manager of the Season awards respectively.

See: Past awards winners

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