EPL: Gerrard's timely reminder

As contract dispute rumbles on, Liverpool veteran scores crucial second goal in 3-1 win over Leicester City to prove he's still a key player for the Merseysiders

Leicester: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard refused to be drawn on his future at the club after scoring in his side's 3-1 Premier League success at Leicester City on Tuesday.

Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring for Liverpool in EPL on Tuesday. Pic/getty Images
Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring for Liverpool in EPL on Tuesday. Pic/getty Images 

The 34-year-old midfielder was restored to the starting XI after starting Saturday's 1-0 win over Stoke City on the bench and responded by scoring the crucial second goal as Liverpool came from behind to win.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed before the game that Gerrard has been offered a new contract, but when asked if he was ready to put pen to paper, he told BT Sport: "I'll decide when I'm ready. "There's nothing to say on the contract at the moment. When there is, the fans have known me long enough, I'll come out and say what I need to say."

Early shock
Liverpool fell behind in the 22nd minute at the King Power Stadium when Leonardo Ulloa's shot hit the post and ricocheted into the net off visiting goalkeeper Simon Mignolet's back for a cruel own goal.

But Adam Lallana equalised almost immediately and Gerrard put Liverpool in front nine minutes into the second half, steering home his first goal since September after Raheem Sterling's cross was partially cleared.

After Leicester centre-back Wes Morgan had been sent off for hauling back Rickie Lambert, Jordan Henderson made the game safe in the 83rd minute.

When pressed on his future, Gerrard again refused to answer, focusing instead on his team's improved form since their 2-2 Champions League draw at Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad last week. "I think the last three performances have been superb," he said. "We need to keep trying to improve on that. The reason I don't want to answer your question because it's not about me; it's about a great team."

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