Liverpool v Anzhi: Brad Jones not concerned by Samuel Eto’o threat
Liverpool v Anzhi: Reds goalkeeper Brad Jones insists he is not concerned about the prospect of facing Samuel Eto'o
Brad Jones insists he is not concerned about the prospect of facing Samuel Eto’o when Liverpool take on Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League on Thursday.
The 30-year-old is currently deputising for injured first-choice goalkeeper Pepe Reina, with the Australian keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory over Reading last weekend.
Eto’o, who was part of the Barcelona side that beat Liverpool at Anfield in 2006, has been earmarked as Anzhi’s danger man after the Cameroon international scored four goals in his last four games.
But Jones is not fazed by the former Internazionale’s prolific reputation and says he is used to facing quality finishers in Liverpool training on a daily basis.
“Eto’o is a fantastic player and has been for a number of years,” Jones said.
“He has played at the top and you know that you are going to have to be on top of your game against him.
“But I have to do that every day [at Melwood] with the likes of [Luis] Suárez and [Steven] Gerrard anyway. You just need to make sure you concentrate and do the right things.
“For me it doesn’t particularly bother me what player I’m facing. It’s the same idea when you go out – you don’t want to concede goals.”
Liverpool v Anzhi Makhachkala: Pre-match facts
• Liverpool’s seven previous games against Russian clubs ended W4 D1 L2, with the most recent of those matches the 2005 Uefa Super Cup, where the Reds beat CSKA Moscow 3-1 in Monaco.
• Anzhi’s 2-0 win against Young Boys on matchday two matched their biggest ever European home win, achieved against Vitesse in this season’s third qualifying round.
• Liverpool’s next goal will be their 550th in Uefa club competition – this is their 315th European game.
• Samuel Eto’o has been to Anfield before, featuring in a 1-0 win against Liverpool with Barcelona in the 2006-07 Champions League round of 16.