Steven Gerrard returned to the Liverpool team to inspire the Reds to victory…
Liverpool came from behind to beat Leicester City 3-1 at the King Power Stadium. Simon Mignolet’s own goal put Brendan Rodgers’ side behind, before Adam Lallana levelled the scores. Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson then secured victory as they struck in an end-to-end second-half.
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Having almost gifted Leicester their opener, Mignolet was caught out for the opener. Leo Ulloa’s shot from a tight angle hit the post but deflected off the back of goalkeeper and nestled in the back of the net. There was good work in the build-up from Jamie Vardy too, whose initial shot had been deflected into the path of Ulloa about 10 yards out.
Liverpool responded quickly. Gerrard’s free-kick was half cleared, the ball was hit back in, Rickie Lambert wrestled with Wes Morgan for the header and Lallana swept home the loose ball with a cracking left-footed half volley – his 50th league goal.
Gerrard, who is still yet to decide on whether to put pen to paper on a new deal with the club, saw his influence in the game continue to grow. And he celebrated with huge vigour as he scored his first goal since September. A stretching Morgan could only stab a cross into his path and the former England skipper steered in with an assured side-foot before running off to the away end.
Things went from bad to worse for Morgan, as he hauled down Lambert and received his marching orders, leaving bottom of the table Leicester to battle on with ten men.
Despite the man advantage, Liverpool still came under plenty of pressure in the closing stages, before finally making the three points safe late on. Gerrard was again at the heart of it all. The skipper sent in a dangerous, low cross from the left which took a deflection off a defender and was parried by Kasper Schmeichel. However, Raheem Sterling latched onto the rebound and back-heeled the ball into the path of Henderson who slotted into an open goal.
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