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Steven Gerrard's perfect response to being dropped by Brendan Rodgers

By Robert Jones

He's had little to smile about in recent weeks, but you couldn't wipe the grin off Steven Gerrard's face after he scored for Liverpool last night.

The 34-year-old, still smarting after being 'rested' by Pool boss Brendan Rodgers for the game against Stoke on Saturday, responded in the best possible way by hitting the back of the net against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

That made it 2-1 to the visitors, deflated the struggling Foxes who had taken the lead courtesy of Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet's own goal - and sent a clear message to Ulsterman Rodgers that the club captain is far from finished.

Adam Lallana had earlier levelled for Liverpool, and Jordan Henderson made sure of all three points with a third goal.

"I am happy with the goal, even more pleased with the win," said Gerrard.

"We are on the way up. We are a lot harder to beat. Come the end of the season we will be fighting for fourth."

Gerrard's mood turned a little when asked once again about whether he would sign a new short-term contract with Liverpool.

"There is nothing to say at the minute, and when there is the fans know I will come out and say it. It was a great team performance, the headlines should be about that not me."

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