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Liverpool travel to Leicester City on Tuesday evening, and will be looking to continue their momentum from the weekend.

The Reds tasted victory for the first time in the Premier League since October 19 on Saturday, when defeating Stoke City 1-0 at Anfield, thanks to a brave Glen Johnson header, however, sit just 11th in the top flight.

The Foxes are rooted to the bottom of the table and are win-less in eight games, when they snatched the three points against Manchester United in a 5-3 thriller.

A win for Brendan Rodgers’ men would be a massive confidence booster, especially having a tough time so far this term and meet FC Basel in the Champions League in just over a week’s time, in what is a must-win game.

Goalkeeper – Simon Mignolet

The Belgian shot-stopper has been under pressure this season, and did not help himself with a dreadful mistake against Ludogorets Razgrad in the European Cup last week.

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His manager kept faith in him and Mignolet started against Stoke, putting in a shift that will do his mind-set the world of good.

The 26-year-old made several top-class saves, most importantly when denying Bojan in the closing stages of play, tipping the former Barcelona man’s crashing shot over the bar.

There still is plenty of room for improvement from Mignolet, however, as he still looks short of confidence and air-punched a cross against the Potters and was almost punished.

Right-back – Glen Johnson

Johnson’s 85th minute winner at the weekend displayed the type of commitment Liverpool fans want to see from every player.

He put his body on the line to react first to Rickie Lambert’s header that crashed against the crossbar, picking up a head injury in the process, but earned the Reds the three points.

The England international has his critics, but he offers a lot going forwards and is capable of being a pest for defenders and his experience will come in handy against a Leicester side who badly need a win.

Centre-back – Kolo Toure

The Ivorian brings a lot of composure to the Liverpool defence, something the side were badly in need of at the start of the season.

Dejan Lovren has been badly out of touch since his £20 million move to Anfield, and Toure has been much more impressive since the Croat has been dropped from the side.

The 33-year-old has been there and done that, winning trophies at both Arsenal and Manchester City. The experience he brings to lead the Reds’ back-four is a quality the team has been missing since the retirement of Jamie Carragher and although his pace is not the same as it once, his positioning makes up for it.

Jamie Vardy will likely lead the Foxes’ forward-line and he is a ‘rough and tough’ striker who likes to be physical – Toure should be more than capable to deal with the threat.

Centre-back – Martin Skrtel

Since the arrival of Toure in the team, Skrtel looks much more composed at the heart of the defence.

He clearly did not get along with Lovren, never gelling or communicating well, however, the Slovakian is much better now the former Southampton man is out the side.

We’ve seen Skrtel lead the Liverpool back-four, but he prefers going about his business when under orders, and the partnership with Toure works.

Against Chelsea, the ex-Zenit St. Petersburg man got involved in a battle with Diego Costa and never shied away, and he will have a similar test against Vardy.

Left-back – Alberto Moreno

Moreno was chased by Rodgers all summer, but has had mixed reviews since he swapped Sevilla for Merseyside.

He looked exciting against Tottenham Hotspur when netting a fabulous solo-goal, however, his defending has not been up to scratch.

He has a chance against an out-of-touch Leicester side to regain confidence within himself.

The Spaniard has shown plenty of ability for Liverpool, but not put it all together enough and let himself down with silly mistakes and a good performance at the King Power would do the 22-year-old the world of good.

Defensive-midfield – Lucas

For the most part of Rodgers’ reign at Anfield, Lucas has been looked over and not part of the Northern Irishman’s plans.

However, he’s done well when used this season in the 1-0 defeat against Real Madrid and started recently against Ludogorets and Stoke.

What Lucas brings to the Liverpool team is experience in the midfield, something that the side has been badly lacking of late. He holds his position well, and is constantly snapping at the heels when the opposition is on the attack.

Centre-midfield – Jordan Henderson

Henderson took the captain’s armband in the absence of Steven Gerrard on Saturday, and proved he can lead the Liverpool side.

He ran the midfield for the most part, sweeping up when Stoke were on the attack and committing to his side’s break-away’s and would have had an assist if Lambert’s header was six inches lower.

The former Sunderland man is the perfect footballer a manager would want in his side for away games, as his energy rate never stops from the first to the final whistle.

Centre-midfield – Steven Gerrard

The Liverpool skipper was demoted to the bench at the weekend, but, it’s likely he will be reintroduced into the starting XI for this clash.

Gerrard has struggled playing just in-front of the back-four this term, and against Ludogroets, he was given the license to play further afield.

It suited the 34-year-old much better, as his attacking abilities still very much remain. His distribution in Sofia was much more effective, and played a number of smart passes to start Liverpool attacks.

Overall, he looks more comfortable in an advanced role and it brings more balance to the Reds, displaying that when he cam off the bench on Saturday.

Left-wing – Adam Lallana

It’s strange that Lallana has been given the cold shoulder since Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace, as he was his team’s best player.

He expertly slipped in Lambert and clearly the two have a good relationship with one-another, as they showed last season at Southampton and the 26-year-old completed 100% of his passes in the first-half at Selhurst Park.

It’s rare that Lallana has a poor game, and has plenty of ability to unlock defences, being both a provider and goal-scorer and would be a massive asset if he was given the nod from the first whistle.

Right-wing – Raheem Sterling

After a small blip in-from, the youngster is beginning to get back to his best.

He was exciting in the second-half against Ludogorets, likewise against Stoke and had several chances in both games that should have went in.

Sterling is blessed with blistering pace, fast ball skills and versatility that make him one of the best young talents in the world and is Liverpool’s strongest link in the team.

He keeps width well and too drags defenders inside with and without the ball, creating space for Johnson on the wing and should put in another big performance.

Striker – Rickie Lambert

It’s amazing what a goal can do for a forward’s confidence.

Strikers against Palace and Ludogorets have kick-started the boyhood Liverpool fan’s season and is taking his opportunity whilst Mario Balotelli is side-lined with injury.

Although the 32-year-old may not be as talented as the Italian, he offers a better work-rate and will sacrifice his natural game for the good of the team.

Lambert’s hold-up play is excellent and he has under-rated vision on the ball, and offers Liverpool an alternative style of play if things are not going to plan.

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