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Liverpool player ratings v Leicester City

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Liverpool continued their march up the Premier League coming from behind to defeat Leicester City 3-1 on Tuesday night.

It was the Foxes who opened the scoring when Leonardo Ulloa's effort crashed against the post and ricocheted off Simon Mignolet's head to go in.

However, the away side were level minutes later when Rickie Lambert smartly assisted Adam Lallana, and the Reds led in the second-half when Steven Gerrard took advantage of Wes Morgan's dismal clearance.

Jordan Henderson wrapped the three points up with an easy finish with just seven minutes left to play.

Simon Mignolet 5

The Belgian's kicking is a major concern for Liverpool, and almost gifted Esteban Cambiasso a goal in the first-period from a poor pass. Crosses came in and Mignolet did not come off his line to collect the ball, creating problems for his back-four. However, made a smart save in the closing stages of the game.

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Javier Manquillo 4

Didn't do much going forward and struggled when on the defending front. Replaced by Alberto Moreno at the break.

Martin Skrtel 4.5

Still looks short of confidence and was nervous when Leicester pushed on the attack. He seems to play better with Kolo Toure alongside him, but his positioning was questionable and looked to get rid of the ball in any direction, losing it too often.

Kolo Toure 7

Sound performance once again from the 33-year-old and brings composure to the Reds' defence. Toure read the play well, winning plenty of headers and tackles and kept Jamie Vardy quiet for the most part. Made up for Skrtel's poor showing.

Glen Johnson 6

Not a bad performance from Johnson but he could have done more. He offered his services going forward and had some success, but lost the ball too easily too often, and was punished when Leicester counter-attacked and scored. 

Lucas 7.5

The Brazilian's experience came in handy at the King Power. He kept his composure when Leicester charged on the attack, sweeping up well and reading the play. Distribution was limited, however, he was brought into the side to bring protection.

Jordan Henderson 6

Brought bundles of energy, but didn't do a lot. You expect the former Sunderland man to really be grabbing games by the scruff of the neck, but seems to be happy to just do the minimum job expected. Finished his goal well, albeit a tap in.

Steven Gerrard 7

The Liverpool captain was brought back into the side, and clearly suits playing further forward. His clever touches and distribution gave his side a massive boost and took his goal very well. Should have had a penalty when brought down by Kasper Schmeichel after making a bursting run.

Adam Lallana 6.5

Started the game brightly on the right-hand side asking lots of question of Paul Konchesky. Neat and tidy throughout but didn't keep his high energy rates up after to solid beginning. Took his goal very well on the half-volley.

Raheem Sterling 7.5

The youngster menaced the Leicester defence from the first to the final whistle. His speed and skills proved too much for the most part and won Liverpool plenty of free-kicks in dangerous positions. Excellent piece of work that lead to Gerrard's goal and a smart back-heel to find Henderson for his strike.

Rickie Lambert 7

The England international may have one of the best first touches in the top flight. His control was sublime throughout and kept the ball well for his side. Set Lallana up well and his work-rate was rewarded when he forced a mistake from Morgan, leading to the defender's sending off. 

Substitutes

Alberto Moreno 5

Did nothing wrong at the back, but should have done better going forward, not offering his services much.

Joe Allen 5.5

Failed to change the game when he came on, not offering much going forwards or defending.

Dejan Lovren n/a

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