Liverpool scored every goal in its 3-1 win over Leicester City on Tuesday, but Adam Lallana, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson scored the ones that mattered most.
Lallana, Gerrard and Henderson each powered the Reds’ comeback victory by scoring a high-quality goal of his own. The midfielders ably bore the goal-scoring burden in the absence of injured striker Daniel Sturridge and led Liverpool to its second consecutive win.
Simon Mignolet put Leicester City ahead 1-0 when he scored an unfortunate own goal in the 21st minute, but Lallana cancelled out the Liverpool goalkeeper’s error by firing Rickie Lambert’s knock-down into the Foxes’ goal six minutes later.
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Lallana’s second goal of his Liverpool career was a portent of things to come, as Gerrard and Henderson later joined the goal-scoring fun in the second half.
Gerrard scored the game-winner in the 54th minute when he pounced on Leicester City defender Wes Morgan’s misplaced clearance and side-footed a shot past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel from 15 yards out.
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Gerrard has been prolific from the penalty spot in recent years, but Tuesday’s goal — his fourth of the season (in all competition) — was his first in the Premier League in open play since early last year.
Henderson sealed the win when he scored what arguably was the best of the bunch in the 83rd minute. Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling set up Henderson with a clever back-heel pass following an error by Schmeichel. The goal was Henderson’s second of 2014-15.
Sturridge has missed most of the season with calf and thigh injuries, and Liverpool has struggled to score goals without its leading striker. Rickie Lambert, Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini, Liverpool’s other strikers, have only one goal in 26 appearances between them.
But the Reds remain in the hunt for a top-four finish because players in other positions are contributing goals. Defender Glen Johnson was the hero against Stoke City on Saturday. Gerrard, Henderson and Lallana took their turn Tuesday.
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