Belfast Telegraph

Jones ready for return to bench

Third-choice goalkeeper Brad Jones accepts his involvement in Liverpool's season has probably now ended after just two appearances but feels he has played his part.

Given his chance following suspensions for Jose Reina and Alexander Doni, the Australia international did all that was asked of him in Liverpool's 2-1 victory over Everton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. He also saved a penalty in Tuesday's Barclays Premier League victory at Blackburn.

Reina comes back from his three-match ban this week and, barring injury or further suspension, is certain to be the man between the posts when the team returns to Wembley on May 5. "I think it will take more than two games to put pressure on Pepe (Reina)," admitted Jones.

"He's done it over, what, six or seven years? At the end of the day, Pepe's one of the best in the world, so I'm not going to be losing any sleep over not playing, no.

"That performance might be the last one I get but it's all about the club and making sure we get another trophy.

"For me, I've come in and done a job when needed and I'm proud of that, proud to be a Liverpool player. Whatever else is a bonus."

The relationship between Liverpool's goalkeepers is good and Reina was one of the first to celebrate with Jones at the final whistle.

"I probably can't repeat a lot of what was said but I just said to him 'Go out and get us a trophy'," added the former Middlesbrough goalkeeper, who sat on the bench for two finals during his time with the Teessiders.

"It's obviously difficult for him and Doni to have missed the game. They were both disappointed - I know Doni was devastated to miss the opportunity. But the fact that we've got another opportunity to come back now, it's up to the boys to get the win.

"We're all good mates. I think the group of goalkeepers that we've got have been fantastic. Whoever goes out there has just got to do the same job and make sure that we get the trophy."

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