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Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is expected to be restored to the starting lineup against Leicester CityReuters

Liverpool  dug in hard, showed some spirit and just about managed to come away with a victory against Stoke City on Saturday in the English Premier League, a victory which was as necessary as a breath of fresh air for the club.

Now, the real test will be if Liverpool can build on that win, when they travel to bottom club Leicester City in the Premier League on Tuesday.

Brendan Rodgers will be thanking the stars and Glen Johnson after the right-back's 85th minute goal gave Liverpool a victory after three straight losses in the Premier League.

While none of the problems in the squad have been ironed out by that one win, a win, any type of win, does help breed confidence in a team, and Rodgers will hope to latch onto that and take it to the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

"I was very pleased with our performance and concentration at the weekend," Rodgers said of the 1-0 win over Stoke. "We were playing against a good side with an excellent manager -- Stoke are a team that have been away to Manchester City and won, and been away to Tottenham and won.

"They were coming to Anfield looking to get a result and having confidence that they could get a result. My players produced a good performance and result, and they didn't arrive home on Thursday until between 4.30am and 5am [after their Champions League visit to Ludogorets].

"The recovery time was obviously affected and then we had one day of preparation. So to keep a clean sheet and perform like we did, showing courage, I have got a huge amount of respect for the players for that.

"We have hopefully turned the corner during the week in terms of our performance level and getting that result. It was very important for us and something that pleased me greatly. What has been pleasing in the last couple of games is that the steel and determination has returned to the team - that gives you a great platform to build your fluency and football."

Liverpool have probably been given the best possible chance to extend the winning run, with Leicester City winless in over two months. Nigel Pearson's men have not won a single Premier League game since that remarkable 5-3 result over Manchester United on 21 September, and even the struggling Liverpool forwardline will be confident of finding the back of the net come Tuesday.

"They hadn't scored for five games, but Nigel Pearson will be pleased that they got a couple of goals at the weekend [a 3-2 loss to QPR]," Rodgers added. "You are looking at your home form when you first get promoted.

"They have got good players, players that are a threat. I looked at Jamie Vardy when I was manager at Swansea, I wanted to take him when he was at Fleetwood -- he is very fast, dynamic and can get goals.

"They have got some other very good players. I worked with Andy King at Chelsea and he has gone on to have a terrific career at Leicester. We know we'll arrive there having to be fully concentrated. We want to keep this little bit of momentum that we have going."

Where to Watch Live

The match is set for a 7.45 pm GMT (1.15 am IST (Wednesday), 2.45 pm ET) start with live coverage on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports HD1. The game can also be watched via live streaming online in India on Star Sports online. TV coverage in the UK will be on BT Sport, with the option to live stream online possible via BT Sport Online Player or Watch BT Sport Online. Catch the action in the US on TV on NBC Sports, while the game can also be Live Streamed online NBC Sports Extra.

Australia viewers can Live Stream the action Fox Sports On Demand, while viewers in Canada can do the same Sportsnet online. Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the match via Live Streaming online courtesy Bein Sports Connect, while South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa viewers can do so via SuperSport online. South America viewers can watch the game on DirectTV or DirectTV online.

Team news: Leicester City: Striker David Nugent is a doubt after picking up an ankle knock in the loss to QPR, while Dean Hammond and Matthew Upson are ruled out.

Liverpool: Mario Balotelli remains on the sidelines, while central defender Mamadou Sakho has returned to training. Skipper Steven Gerrard, who Rodgers revealed has been handed a new contract, is expected to return to the starting lineup.

Expected lineups: Leicester City: Schmeichel; De Laet, Morgan, Wasilewski, Konchesky; Mahrez, James, Cambiasso, Schlupp; Vardy, Ulloa.

Liverpool: Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Toure, Enrique; Lucas, Gerrard; Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho; Lambert.

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