Liverpool’s Brad Jones eager to impress manager Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones vows to take every opportunity he is handed to impress Reds manager Brendan Rodgers
Brad Jones has insisted he is ready to seize his chance to impress Brendan Rodgers ahead of Liverpool’s Capital One Cup clash with West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old has acted as Pepe Reina’s back-up since moving to the Merseyside outfit from Middlesbrough in a £2.3m deal in August 2010.
Rodgers handed Jones a starting berth in the Reds’ 5-3 victory over Young Boys in the Europa League, and the Australian is ready to impress if the manager gives him another first-team opportunity this week.
“This season I’ve just tried to knuckle down and really push on and show the new manager what I can do,” Jones told Liverpool’s website.
“I think things have gone fairly well in this early stage. I’ve just got to keep doing what I can do.
“Pepe is established here and has been for a number of years, and proved over the years his worth to the club. It’s a difficult one but any opportunity I get I’ve got to try and take it and at least prove my worth for being here.
“The manager has given me a chance at Young Boys in the Europa League so he has already showed that he’s willing to do it. How often that’s going to happen, I don’t really know.
“It depends how things go, and how results go will depend how much he wants to change the team.
“It’s just a case of doing what a second-choice ‘keeper does, that’s work your socks off in training and try to show what you can do. Any opportunity I get I’ll try to do that.”