Liverpool must control derby more than at Everton, admits Brad Jones
Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones admits the Reds must control Tuesday's derby more than they did at Goodison in November
Brad Jones admits Liverpool must control Tuesday’s Merseyside derby more than the Reds did at Goodison Park in November.
Liverpool twice surrendered the lead at Everton earlier this season after goals from Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez had edged the visitors ahead.
We’ve got to try to control it more and they are probably saying the same thing
Romelu Lukaku’s late brace appeared to cement three points for the Toffees, before substitute Daniel Sturridge netted a last-gasp leveller to secure a 3-3 draw.
Everton are currently a point behind fourth-placed Liverpool, and Jones wants the Reds to get back to winning ways against the Toffees at Anfield.
“We want to control the game as much as we can and limit their chances,” Jones told Liverpool’s website. “They are a good side and have got players that can cause problems.
“We’ve got to try to control it more and they are probably saying the same thing. A win would be a win, we’ll take whatever we can get.
“We want to crack on and get back to winning ways and scoring goals. Being at home, we hope that happens on Tuesday.”
The Liverpool number two also spoke of the club’s desire to reach another FA Cup final as the Reds aim to win their first silverware under Brendan Rodgers.
We’ve spoken about it and we want to try to get as far as we can – it’s important for the club,” added Jones.
“We want to try to give the fans another day out at Wembley, if not two. This is how you progress, you’ve got to come to places like this and win. That was important.
“The gaffer’s team showed that as well. He could have easily played a few younger players or people who have been out of the squad, but even with the game on Tuesday we were taking it seriously and wanted to get through.
“Certainly in the second half, we played more like ourselves. The first half maybe gave them a bit of hope; we gave away a few sloppy balls and gave them the opportunity to have a few attacks.
“But, all in all, we then controlled the game and made it difficult for them. In the last 20 minutes we kept the ball well, made sure they didn’t get any opportunities and we didn’t give them anything. In that sense, we’re happy – we got the win and a clean sheet and move on.”