Brendan Rodgers refusing to underestimate Leicester City

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Brendan Rodgers has praised Liverpool's 1-0 victory over Stoke City at the weekend, however, knows the importance of continuing their good form in Tuesday's clash against Leicester City.

The Reds met a tough and resilient Potters' outfit on Saturday afternoon and were frustrated in the first-half, not having a single shot on target.

However, the home side continued to pressure Mark Hughes' men, and were rewarded when Glen Johnson's bravely followed up Rickie Lambert's header that crashed against the cross bar to seal the three points for Liverpool.

And the constant perseverance from his side impressed Rodgers, especially after playing Ludogorets Razgrad less than three days before.

"I was very pleased with our performance and concentration at the weekend," Rodgers said in his pre-match press conference. "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 during the week, and they didn't arrive home on Thursday until between 4.30am and 5am.

"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.

"The important thing, for me, is to arrive into the second part of the season either in there or not too far away, knowing that we'll be strong. That's still our objective.

Momentum with Liverpool

Saturday's victory over the Staffordshire-side saw several improvements from the five-time European Cup winners.

Football was fast-flowing in the second-period of the game, and Liverpool counter-attacked with venom and missed several chances.

Raheem Sterling had a small blip in form over the last few weeks, however, against Ludogorets and Stoke City, he showed impressions that he was getting back to his best.

Lambert is too high in confidence, after scoring two goals against Crystal Palace and the Bulgarian champions, before almost notching another on his tally against the Potters.

Simon Mignolet made a drastic error in the 2-2 draw on Wednesday night, however, made multiple high-class saves, most impressively when denying Bojan's shot that was flying into the top corner

Although the Reds are still not playing as freely as last season, there are signs of improvement after dreadful displays against Palace and Newcastle United away and you can see that the new recruits are starting to gel into the team.

Leicester a test

Liverpool meet Nigel Pearson's outfit who are rooted the bottom of the top flight and win-less in eight games.

Despite a bright start to the Foxes' campaign, which including a 5-3 victory over Manchester United, they have failed to lead on from that effort and been beaten six times in the Premier League since.

But, Rodgers is wary of the threat last season's Championship winner's bring to the table, after putting in a valiant display in their 3-2 loss to QPR at the weekend.

"They hadn't scored for five games, but Nigel Pearson will be pleased that they got a couple of goals at the weekend," the Northern Irishman 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."

Must win

Three points is the minimum Liverpool can be looking for at the King Power on Tuesday night.

The Merseyside club face a heavy period of football in December, virtually playing two matches a week and momentum is a must to succeed in the busy time-scale.

With a Liverpool team that has been low on confidence this term, gaining back-to-back wins could be massive for the players.

FC Basel travel to Anfield on December 9 in the Champions League, and it is a must win for Rodgers' men if they are to qualify for the knock-out stages of the competition.

If the Reds want to go into the game with as much belief possible, a win over Leicester and then Sunderland on Saturday would do the club the world of good and give the players the self-belief they need to snatch the three points against the Swiss champions.

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