Liverpool back-up goalkeeper Brad Jones ready to grab his chance

PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 January, 2014, 10:40pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 January, 2014, 12:23am
 

Brad Jones is aiming to prove once more he still has plenty to offer at Liverpool as he gets a chance to impress against Bournemouth in the FA Cup fourth round.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed the Australia goalkeeper will start in the match away to the Championship side on Saturday - only his second appearance of the season, with his other coming against Oldham in the last round of the competition.

Jones, 31, was given more chances last term owing to injuries to Pepe Reina but preseason signing Simon Mignolet has played in every Premier League game this season.

However, the back-up goalkeeper is ready to prove he is capable if required in more major encounters.

Being a goalkeeper, it's different if you're not playing. It's rare that you come on as a substitute
Brad Jones

"For me, it's a case of training hard and making sure that I'm ready," said Jones. "In general, I treat each day before a game like I'm going to play, even though 99 per cent of the time I probably won't.

"I learned pretty early on that anything can happen. And it can happen to me. I've been called five minutes before kick-off.

"I've realised that you've got to prepare all the time like you're going to start, so that if that surprise is sprung on you, you're as ready as you can be. There are obviously boys whose chances have been limited. If the gaffer gives you a chance, you've got to try and take it.

"Being a goalkeeper, it's different if you're not playing. It's rare that you come on as a substitute," he said.

"But I think in general it's very similar for a lot of players. Nothing gets guaranteed, it's purely down to the manager's ideas of the game and what he wants to do and circumstances. I'll just continue on.

"I've said it before - I didn't expect to play so many games last season and you never know what's going to happen," said the Australian.

Share

 

Send to a friend

To forward this article using your default email client (e.g. Outlook), click here.

Enter multiple addresses separated by commas(,)

For unlimited access to:

SCMP.com SCMP Tablet Edition SCMP Mobile Edition 10-year news archive