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LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02:  Raheem Sterling of Liverpool is closed down by Paul Konchesky of Leicester City and Jeffrey Schlupp of Leicester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at The King Power Stadium on December 2, 2014 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Raheem Sterling of Liverpool is closed down by Paul Konchesky of Leicester City and Jeffrey Schlupp of Leicester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at The King Power Stadium on December 2, 2014 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Raheem Sterling of Liverpool is closed down by Paul Konchesky of Leicester City and Jeffrey Schlupp of Leicester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at The King Power Stadium on December 2, 2014 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Liverpool may want to re-think the contract offer made to Steven Gerrard after their captain bailed them out in a 3-1 comeback victory over Leicester like he has done so many times in the past.

The former England midfielder's current deal expires in the summer and, despite the offer of an extension, he has yet to commit to stay at the club he has been with since he was nine.

But while Gerrard may be deliberating his next move, reportedly wanting double the one-year contract on offer, he showed no hesitation on the pitch with a coolly-placed goal to set his side on the way to victory and provide a reminder of glory days gone by.

Restored to the starting line-up after being rested against Stoke on the 16th anniversary of his debut at the weekend - and now relieved from defensive duties in a more advanced role - the midfielder responded with his first goal in open play since the Merseyside derby in January.

That completed the comeback after Adam Lallana had equalised goalkeeper Simon Mignolet's unfortunate own goal in the first half and, when Wes Morgan was shown a red card, Jordan Henderson secured back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since October.

Mignolet's then hit an inexplicable pass straight into the path of Esteban Cambiasso, who rolled a 25-yard shot just wide of an open goal, set the nerves jangling and within two minutes Leicester were in front thanks to more weak defending.

It was unlucky in some ways as Mignolet made a good save when Jamie Vardy raced on to Riyad Mahrez's through-ball. But from the rebound Martin Skrtel could only weakly head out Ulloa's follow-up and the striker was given enough time to collect the ball and smash a shot against the near post which cannoned off Mignolet's head and into the net.

Liverpool's response was almost instantaneous; Gerrard's free-kick was half-cleared to Lucas Leiva whose cross dropped at the feet of Lallana off Morgan and he smashed home the 50th league goal of his career.

And it was the Gerrard of old who strode into the penalty area in the 54th minute, having been involved in the build-up, to caress a shot past Kasper Schmeichel after Morgan could only dangle a foot at Raheem Sterling's cross.

It got worse for the Leicester captain when he was red-carded just past the hour for hauling down Rickie Lambert as the Liverpool striker managed to get beyond him.

Leicester were lucky not to be down to nine when Schmeichel collided with Gerrard inside the penalty area. Equally, the Foxes were unlucky when Cambiasso's deflected shot was diverted wide by team-mate Vardy but by now Gerrard was relishing the open spaces and his cross to Sterling produced the cut-back for Henderson to score the third.


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