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Fabrice Muamba cardiac arrest used in British Heart Foundation advert

Muamba's cardiac arrest to be shown in new British Heart Foundation TV advert

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Cardiac arrest: Muamba is treated on the pitch at White Hart Lane in March 2012

Cardiac arrest: Muamba is treated on the pitch at White Hart Lane in March 2012

Cardiac arrest victim Patrice Muamba helps to promote the Great…

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The 39-second ad is to be shown on ITV and Channel 4 from Saturday, and Sky Sports during the Tottenham and Manchester City match on Sunday.

Medics had to give Muamba 15 shocks to get his heart pumping again when he collapsed during an FA Cup clash with Tottenham last March.

The advert shows players – including Spurs' William Gallas and Benoit Assou-Ekotto – looking distressed as Muamba lies motionless on the pitch.

Speaking over the emotional scenes, BHF Research Professor Mark Kearney tells viewers: 'I hate my job. I hate the misery heart disease brings.

Tributes: Football fans around the world joined forces to wish Muamba well

Tributes: Football fans around the world joined forces to wish Muamba well

Tributes: Football fans around the world joined forces to wish Muamba well

'It lurks among the places you least expect – it takes the young and the fit and it does not discriminate. But we are fighting back.'

Bolton's club doctor Dr Jonathan Tobin revealed Muamba was 'effectively dead' for 78 minutes when he suffered the cardiac arrest.

He was taken to the London Chest Hospital, in Bethnal Green, East London, and spent a month in intensive care.

Muamba later announced his retirement from football on medical grounds, and thanked the doctors that saved him, adding: 'I thank God that I am alive.'

Emotional return: Muamba thanks fans at the Reebok Stadium in May 2012

Emotional return: Muamba thanks fans at the Reebok Stadium in May 2012

The match was abandoned at 1-1.

BHF Medical Director Professor Peter Weissberg today said: 'We are grateful to Fabrice for allowing us to share his story in a hard-hitting campaign that highlights the potential devastation of heart disease.

'With the support of researchers and heart patients like Fabrice, the Fight For Every Heartbeat campaign centres on the transformational research that will combat heart disease.'

Leo Fernandes, a painter and decorator who had a heart attack at 46 and also features in the ad, said: 'The truth is heart disease affects everyone.'

Muamba – a dad of one – joined the Arsenal academy in 2002 before moving to Birmingham, then Bolton in 2008.

Keeping busy: Muamba is unveiled as the honourary starter of the BUPA Great Manchester Run this week

Keeping busy: Muamba is unveiled as the honourary starter of the BUPA Great Manchester Run this week

This is not the first time the BHF have used a professional footballer in their adverts in a bid to widen their appeal.

Footballer-turned actor Vinnie Jones famously demonstrated how to do life-saving CPR to the Bee Gees' tune Stayin' Alive.

The BHF today released new research about heart disease to coincide with the launch of the latest advert.

Their figures show people living in poor areas of Britain are 2.87 times more likely to suffer heart disease than those from wealthier areas.

Experts say this is likely to be because people living in these areas are more likely to smoke.

Julio Cesar desperate for early QPR return from injury against Wigan

EXCLUSIVE: QPR No 1 Cesar desperate for early return from injury ahead of crunch Wigan clash

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UPDATED:

09:44 GMT, 3 December 2012

Julio Cesar is targeting a return to first team action for Saturday’s crunch game at Wigan.

The QPR goalkeeper, who injured his abductor muscle, is ahead of schedule and wants to replace Rob Green.

Green came off the bench for the 0-0 draw at Sunderland, when Cesar was injured, and played in the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday.

In with a shout: Injured keeper Julio Cesar hopes to return to QPR starting line-up as early as this weekend

In with a shout: Injured keeper Julio Cesar hopes to return to QPR starting line-up as early as this weekend

Brazilian Cesar, the highest profile signing of Mark Hughes' reign when he moved from Inter Milan, is desperate to play his part in the QPR revival.

Club medics still believe he may have to wait until Rangers play Fulham at home on December 15, but he wants to play before them.

He is expected to return to training towards the end of the week and will undergo a series of tests as he aims to prove himself to manager Harry Redknapp.

Green keeper: Robert Green has been deputising for the injured Cesar

Green keeper: Robert Green has been deputising for the injured Cesar

A source close to the club said: ‘He is desperate to return to action and, while it would be foolish to take a risk, he wants to play as soon as possible.

'He believes QPR can climb away from the bottom and wants to play his part.’

Cesar, 33, has played 64 times for Brazil and hopes to win back his place in the national team… once QPR begin winning games and moving away from trouble.

John Terry unlikely to play until FIFA Club World Cup

Benitez has no plans to use Terry against West Ham or Nordsjaelland despite rapid recovery

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UPDATED:

15:34 GMT, 30 November 2012

Rafa Benitez may not use John Terry until Chelsea travel to Japan for the FIFA Club World Cup, despite the club captain's rapid recovery from a knee injury.

New manager Benitez revealed Terry is desperate to return to action, but he isn’t ready to face West Ham tomorrow and is even a doubt for Chelsea’s final Champions League match against Nordsjaelland.

'Terry is ready to play, but we know he’s not ready. He is pushing himself, wanting to be there and playing. The same with Sturridge.

No go: Rafael Benitez will not risk John Terry

No go: Rafael Benitez will not risk John Terry

'Lampard did the warm-up to the training session, nothing else. They’re working with the physios, doing well on the pitch, but they’re still not close to the team.’

Asked if Terry himself believes he is ready, Benitez said: ‘He said it to one of my medics.

'He wanted to push himself. I watched him with the physios and he was fine, but he was pushing, wanting to play with the team. But it’s too soon.

'Frank, Sturridge and him are all pushing, wanting to be involved and to help.

'It’s too early for Tuesday. It’s a knee, not just a muscle. You have to see the reaction when you turn. You cannot put him in a position where he could get injured again.

'He might go to Japan having not played. If he’s involved in training and he’s happy – when you forget you’ve had that problem in your knee, you’re ready… it’s a question of confidence.'

Not yet: John Terry warmed up before last week's drab 0-0 draw with Manchester City

Not yet: John Terry warmed up before last week's drab 0-0 draw with Manchester City

Getting his eye in: Fernando Torres tries a bicycle kick in training

Getting his eye in: Fernando Torres tries a bicycle kick in training

'A lot of teams have some good players in terms of mentality. What I’ve seen from him, early this morning, he was in front of me walking on to the pitch and he didn’t know I was following him.

'Three young players were coming along and the way he approached him was quite positive. Different to Stevie (G), but a lot of similarities with the young players. Steve was very supportive with the youngsters too.'

Benitez takes his side to Upton Park, and can expect another frosty reception from the travelling Chelsea fans, who were disappointed to see Champions League-winning manager Roberto Di Matteo sacked.

The Spaniard was booed throughout his first game in charge in a drab 0-0 draw against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

He received the same treatment when Chelsea put on a limp display against west London rivals Fulham, another 0-0 draw.

Unpopular: Benitez has to win over the Chelsea fans after replacing Roberto Di Matteo

Unpopular: Benitez has to win over the Chelsea fans after replacing Roberto Di Matteo

Out: Chelsea fans have expressed their disapproval at Benitez's appointment

Out: Chelsea fans have expressed their disapproval at Benitez's appointment

Toby Flood out of New Zealand clash

Farrell set to replace Flood for All Blacks clash as No 10 is sidelined through injury

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UPDATED:

14:50 GMT, 26 November 2012

Toby Flood has been ruled out of England's QBE autumn international against New Zealand with a toe injury, head coach Stuart Lancaster has confirmed.

The Leicester fly-half suffered ligament damage in the big toe of his right foot during England's 16-15 defeat to South Africa.

Owen Farrell, who came off the bench on Saturday, is set to take over at fly-half against the All Blacks with the uncapped Freddie Burns likely to be named on the bench when Lancaster confirms his 23-man squad on Thursday.

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Crocked: Flood has been ruled out of England's game with New Zealand

Crocked: Flood has been ruled out of England's game with New Zealand

Lancaster said: 'Toby won't be fit
for the weekend so Freddie Burns has come in and it doesn't take a
rocket scientist to work out he will play some part in the squad.

'Toby's injury isn't as bad as first feared but it will definitely keep him out of this weekend.'

Lancaster is optimistic Alex Corbisiero will be fit to face the All Blacks, although the loosehead prop will not train until Thursday.

Corbisiero was impressive on his international comeback against South Africa, but it was only his third game in five months after recovering from a knee injury and the England medics are being cautious.

Call up: Lancaster has turned to the uncapped Burns

Call up: Lancaster has turned to the uncapped Burns

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India v England: Stuart Broad hit by illness after just one day of second Test in Mumbai

EXCLUSIVE: Broad hands England major concern after being hit by illness after just one day of second Test

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UPDATED:

17:39 GMT, 23 November 2012

Stuart Broad has been struck down by illness at England's Mumbai hotel.

The paceman, who took no wickets on day one of the Second Test today after a dismal performance, was attended to by England team medics.

Many pundits have questioned whether the 26-year-old should have been selected for the Test at the Wankhede Stadium, with Surrey quick Stuart Meaker making a strong case for inclusion.

Delhi belly: Stuart Broad has been struck down by illness in Mumbai

Delhi belly: Stuart Broad has been struck down by illness in Mumbai

Broad now faces an overnight battle to be fit to take the field on day two with the match delicately poised. India were 266 for six at stumps with Monty Panesar, returning to the side taking four for 91.

Former England coach David Lloyd wrote in his MailOnline column before news of Broad’s illness broke: ‘Stuart Broad is out of sorts… he’s running on empty. I know him well and he will be frustrated that his contribution is not as it should be.

‘Quick bowlers need to be used in short, sharp bursts in India and his pace is down. He needs a break and England should freshen things up for the next Test.

‘They are under no obligation to pick him just because he is vice-captain. Why do we even need one’

Broad missed England’s final training
session before the Second Test and was rated as a major doubt due to
feeling 'under the weather', according to a team spokesman.

MONTY'S SMILE PUTS INDIA IN A SPIN

by Lawrence Booth, in Mumbai

Monty Panesar allowed himself a broad grin as he reflected on the ball that dismissed Sachin Tendulkar, ‘Prince of India’, on his home ground yesterday.

England’s left-arm spinner, controversially left out at Ahmedabad, has never attempted to disguise his hero-worship of the world’s most famous cricketer. He was even barred from bowling to Tendulkar in the nets at Lord’s by coach Andy Flower when India toured England in 2011.

And he still cherishes the moment he trapped Tendulkar lbw more than six years ago in Nagpur to claim his first Test wicket.

But the ball that bowled Tendulkar here will linger equally long in the memory, with Panesar keen to praise England’s spin-bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed for instilling good habits in the nets.

‘My favourite wicket has to be the Prince of India, Sachin Tendulkar,’ he said. ‘I was absolutely delighted with that.

‘In the last few practice sessions I’ve been working with Mushy quite a lot in trying to get my action right. The previous ball I got my action slightly wrong it. I thought that next ball I had to make sure I get all the processes right and remember the work I’d done with Mushy.

‘It just seemed to click. I got my fingers round the ball and it came out nice.'

Panesar modestly ascribed some of his success yesterday, when he also bowled Virender Sehwag, as well as dismissing the dangerous duo of Virat Kohli and India captain MS Dhoni, to a turning pitch at the Wankhede Stadium.

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Brendan Rodgers tells Stewart Downing and Jose Enrique they face Liverpool exit

Up your game: Rodgers warns Downing and Enrique that exit looms

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UPDATED:

21:49 GMT, 28 September 2012

Brendan Rodgers has warned Stewart Downing and Jose Enrique they are fighting to save their Liverpool careers after he raised questions about their attitude and desire.

England winger Downing became the fourth most expensive signing in Liverpool’s history when he arrived for 20million from Aston Villa in July 2011.

But he has struggled to make an impact and Rodgers said last month he may have to reinvent himself as a left-back to stay in the team.

Stern warning: Brendan Rodgers has told a number of Liverpool's star names to improve their game

Stern warning: Brendan Rodgers has told a number of Liverpool's star names to improve their game

Enrique, meanwhile, has suffered an alarming loss of form in recent months. He made a terrific start to life with Liverpool following his 7million signing from Newcastle 13 months ago but Rodgers has preferred using Glen Johnson in his position in the Barclays Premier League.

The Spaniard, 26, is unlikely to play at Carrow Road today, as he has been struggling with a knee injury, but Downing, 28, could come back into the squad after being left out of the 18 for last week’s clash against Manchester United. How long he stays there for, though, remains to be seen.

‘What is important is that you have good communication,’ said Rodgers. ‘I don’t waste time waiting until January to tell both players what I know now. So they know in relation to the demands of what we want and certainly what it is going to take for us to succeed and for them to fit into the group.

More needed: Stewart Downing faces an uncertain future at Anfield

More needed: Stewart Downing faces an uncertain future at Anfield

‘As coaches we are not magicians. For me football players are not different to plumbers, to joiners to bricklayers, they are self-employed and us as medics, coaches and managers we are the tools that help them to be better.

‘We will give them everything to help them to be better, but if they don’t want to show that self-motivation – and if they haven’t got that desire and hunger to succeed – then it can be very difficult. Stewart is a good guy but it hasn’t quite worked out for him as he would want it.

‘The big challenge for him now is that commitment to the cause – to fight – because he has the qualities. Talent alone is not enough. You have to work hard; you have to fight for the shirt. I will keep private the discussions Stewart and I have had but he is under no illusion that he has to fight.’

Coming up: Raheem Sterling is seen as a future star at Liverpool

Coming up: Raheem Sterling is seen as a future star at Liverpool

When asked if Enrique – whose last performance against Young Boys Berne in the Europa League saw him culpable for two of three goals Liverpool conceded – was in a similar position, Rodgers was just as emphatic.

‘It is about the hunger and desire and that is why you admire big players who stay at the top for as long as they can because it is not just what they are doing in games,’ said Rodgers, who is aiming to record his first Premier League win as Liverpool manager at Norwich.

‘In order to be like that, that is what they are doing every single day of their life. Look at Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher. They are immaculate. It is a way of life and if you prepare yourself right that will ultimately lead to success.

This way to the exit: Jose Enrique could find himself on the way out of Anfield

This way to the exit: Jose Enrique could find himself on the way out of Anfield

‘But if you are not quite right in your preparation and you come in looking in for an easy life, to pick up your money, it won’t be here. We are a club that has to be fighting going forward. I am out there every day, assessing what is going on.

‘Status does not matter. It is what you are like as a player. It doesn’t matter how much money you have come for. That doesn’t matter to me. I will play a 17-year-old if he fights and he has quality. It is quite easy.’

What will not be easy, after such a difficult start to the domestic programme, is bustling up the top four this year. Rodgers does not have to deliver Champions League football this season – owner John W Henry said so in July – but he is refusing to give up on that target.

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The Anfield conveyor belt

‘We have got 99 points to play for,’ said the manager. ‘I believe that 70-plus points will allow you to arrive in the top four. So that gives us 68 points that we need over the remaining games. We can maybe have 10-odd games with problems. That maybe the next three games, you know

‘Of course, sooner rather than later, you want to get your points and get up and running. I want us to get the points our performances deserve. But we have got to achieve it. There’s no doubt it’s going to be a monumental achievement for that to happen but we have to work towards it.’

Martin Kelly out until 2013 as Liverpool sweat on Daniel Agger

From bad to worse! Liverpool's Kelly out until 2013 as Rodgers sweats on Agger injury

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UPDATED:

11:41 GMT, 24 September 2012

Liverpool’s disastrous start to the Premier League season has gone from bad to worse as defender Martin Kelly revealed that he will be out until 2013.

Brendan Rodgers is still awaiting news on Daniel Agger, who had to be stretchered off after an awkward collision with Antonio Valencia during Liverpool's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Not you too: Martin Kelly (centre) is the latest Liverpool player to be sidelined by injury

Not you too: Martin Kelly (centre) is the latest Liverpool player to be sidelined by injury

Rodgers’ side were forced to finish the game against United with just nine men after – having had Jonjo Shelvey sent off and using all their substitutes – Kelly was unable to continue having picked up an injury.

Kelly confirmed the severity of his
injury, thought to be to a knee ligament, by tweeting: ‘What I can say
is its not the worst injury I’ve had, and for sure ill be fighting for
my place next year when I’m back fitter and stronger!’

The 22-year-old admitted earlier on Monday that he was ‘fearing the worst’ ahead of the scan on the injury.

He said: ‘Hoping for the best but fearing the worst ;( got my scan at 8 then will let you guys know x’

Rodgers expressed his concern for Agger after his star centre-back looked to be in some pain as he was carried off the pitch at Anfield.

He said: ‘Fabio (Borini) had a badly
swollen ankle. Agger’s doesn’t look good, the medics were saying it
might be a medial ligament. We’ll see.’

Sweat: Daniel Agger (left) is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger (left) is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Wales expect Joe Allen to be fit for Serbia match

Wales boost with Liverpool star Allen expected to shrug off virus to feature in Serbia

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 9 September 2012

Joe Allen will fly out to Serbia with the Wales squad on Monday, giving Chris Coleman a welcome boost following the Red Dragons' defeat in the opening World Cup qualifier.

The Liverpool midfielder was a surprise omission from a below-strength team which was weakened still further by James Collins' first-half sending off against Belgium.

Allen was laid up in bed, suffering from a virus, but it appears he has shaken off the effects and he will board the plane to the Balkans after Wales' medics reported no new worsening in his condition over the weekend.

Fighting to be fit: Joe Allen is expected to feature for Wales in Serbia

Fighting to be fit: Joe Allen is expected to feature for Wales in Serbia

'At the moment, Joe is still in the squad to fly out with us,' a Wales' spokesman said on Sunday night.

With Coleman already missing a glut of players due to injury – he is missing seven who would otherwise consider themselves starters in his first-choice XI – Allen's potential return is a significant piece of good news.

Brendan Rodgers' new 15m recruit did aggravate a muscle. It was referred to as, 'a slight pull' by Wales's head coach but it was believed to be of insufficient worry to have sidelined him against the group A favourites on Friday night.

Coleman is unlikely to appeal against Collins's sending-off, despite arguing afterwards that match official Stefan Johannesson's decision was harsh.

Under pressure: James Collins' red card has given Chris Coleman a problem

Under pressure: James Collins' red card has given Chris Coleman a problem

The coach believes that contesting an automatic two-match suspension would leave Wales open to losing the West Ham centre-half for additional matches.

Meanwhile, Gareth Bale has spelled out the importance of the trip to Serbia, saying that Wales had targeted a minimum of two victories in their opening four matches.

Another defeat in Novi Sad on Tuesday night will add extra pressure ahead of Scotland's visit to Cardiff next month.

'We don't want to be chasing,' he said. 'We wanted to get off to a good start but Belgium have found an unbelievable team.

'We definitely need to pick up two wins from our first four matches. Anything we get away from home is normally considered a bonus, although of course, we will be trying to win.'

Wayne Rooney: I thought my career was over

Rooney: I thought my career was over after suffering horror gash at Fulham

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UPDATED:

22:28 GMT, 8 September 2012

Wayne Rooney has revealed the horrific injury that ruled him out of the start of England's World Cup qualifying campaign came within a millimetre of ending his career.

The Manchester United striker was hurt in the closing stages of last month's victory over Fulham at Old Trafford when a collision with Hugo Rodallega left him with blood pouring from a deep thigh wound.

Severe: Wayne Rooney was forced to leave the pitch on a stretcher

Severe: Wayne Rooney was forced to leave the pitch on a stretcher

But the seriousness of the injury –
only prompt action by United medics and then hospital doctors prevented
what could have been a calamitous end to the game – has only just come
to light.

'I was quite lucky it didn't cut my muscle,' he said of the six-inch gash down the inside of his right leg.

'But I was told it was just one
millimetre away from severing an artery. It could have been a lot worse
so thank God for that. I could have been in serious trouble.'

Rooney, 26, has been told he could be out for another month but is expected to make a full recovery.

He added: 'The doctors said a lot of
players could have fainted [with the injury]. They tried to cover it up
from me in the dressing room and put something in to stop it being
infected, but I told them I wanted to watch.

'Thankfully, their prompt action prevented serious and possible lasting damage.'

After new 24.4million forward Robin
van Persie scored a hat-trick at Southampton last week, Rooney dismissed
suggestions he will benefit from the competition for places in United's
attack.

'I don't think so,' he said. 'You
can't assume you're going to play but I've always worked very hard to
make sure the manager has got to play me.

'It's great for us now. I'm looking forward to getting back into the team and trying to forge an understanding with Robin.'

Incident: Rooney was caught by Hugo Rodallega's boot

Incident: Rooney was caught by Hugo Rodallega's boot

Rooney has also revealed that he
wants to end his career at Old Trafford, adding: 'Let's be honest, where
else can you go from this football club It's probably the biggest in
the world.'

Back to business: Rooney can't wait to return to the pitch

Back to business: Rooney can't wait to return to the pitch

Lucas Leiva ready to return from injury

Lucas set to return from lengthy spell on sidelines during North American tour

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UPDATED:

09:43 GMT, 19 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is set to make his return during the club's North American tour – two months earlier than expected.

New boss Brendan Rodgers intends to use the ball-winning Brazilian over the coming weeks, as Liverpool prepare for friendlies against Toronto, Roma and Andre Villas-Boas's Tottenham.

The former Swansea manager said: 'He’ll have some involvement. He’s still got some way to go to get back to where he was before the injury but he’s back two months early.

'This is normally a nine month injury. He’s been back in seven, and that’s great credit to his work and the work of the medics here.

Ahead of schedule: Lucas Leiva is set to return from an anterior cruciate injury early

Ahead of schedule: Lucas Leiva is set to return from an anterior cruciate injury early

'He’s done very, very well and is working very hard. We can feed him into some of the games and increase his mental capacity to improve, because obviously it was a serious injury.

Lucas has been unable to play since sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury. The Reds midfielder collided with Ryan Bertrand and had to be stretchered off during Liverpool's Carling Cup quarter-final victory against Chelsea.

'He’s a great guy, he loves his football, loves this club, and he’s making great progress,' Rodgers said.

Liverpool face MLS side Toronto on Saturday, and Rodgers is unsure whether Lucas will be fit enough to take part.

Base camp: Liverpool have begun training in Harvard ahead of their pre-season tour of the US

Base camp: Liverpool have begun training in Harvard ahead of their pre-season tour of the US

Base camp: Liverpool have begun training in Harvard ahead of their pre-season tour of the US

He said: 'We shall see. The maximum any player will play on Saturday is 45 minutes.'

Liverpool have taken a 34-man squad to their Harvard base, as Rodgers looks to get his side into shape to improve on their eighth place finish last season.

Rodgers, who is still getting to know his squad, is looking for his players to prove their desire as well as their ability.

'It’s the application, the desire to want to be in the side,' he said.

'There is a long way to go yet and we’ve got a big part of our preparation left, but the early stages have boded well for a number of players, because they’ve shown real appetite and a thirst to learn.

'They’re a really unified group and the young players are really trying to impress and show they can be in and around the first team.

New regime: Brendan Rodgers casts an eye over his squad

New regime: Brendan Rodgers casts an eye over his squad

'It’s also a credit to the senior players. Jamie Carragher, 34 years of age, has led by example. He’s still putting the miles in on the field and being a great example off it. Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger – all of them have been fantastic.'

Rodgers, whose tactical prowess was universally lauded at Swansea, is concentrating on getting his players fit first before he fully imposes his own style of play.

'That won’t kick in, really, until later on when the group is together,' Rodgers said. 'But in terms of a lot of the pressing work we’ve done, they’ve showed up really well.

'We’ve talked about possession and the importance of possession and I’ve seen great improvements in that in a couple of weeks.

'Their understanding and management of the game will improve as time goes on, but the most important thing (right now) is the physical condition and that’s looking very good.'