Gerrard Inspires Reds Over Marseille

Steven Gerrard showed all his European experience to bring Liverpool back from an early goal down to eventually record a crucial 2-1 over French side Marseille at the Stade Velodrome on Tuesday night.

OM had a golden opportunity to take an early lead as Mamadou Niang beat the off-side trap, but after taking his run through into the box he wastefully fired his shot well over the crossbar to the relief of the Reds defence.

But the hosts soon made up for that miss as Lorik Cana burst into the area before neatly squaring his effort low past Pepe Reina and into the back of the net.

However, the lead lasted just three minutes as Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard made space for himself on the edge of the area before unleashing a glorious curling effort which left Steve Mandanda no chance.

And the Merseysiders soon stole into the lead as Ronald Zubar was adjudged to have up-ended Ryan Babel inside the area, and, after having to retake the penalty, Gerrard grabbed his second after sending the goalkeeper the wrong way to calmly place his effort in the corner.