Brad Jones Says Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom Have Character to Succeed at Top Level

Brad Jones Says Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom Have Character to Succeed at Top LevelBrad Jones insists there is no danger of two of Liverpool's brightest young talents getting carried away with their sparkling starts to life in the first team, as he predicted Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom will continue to shine.

The duo have been given prolonged runs in the senior side by Brendan Rodgers so far this campaign and have settled in well alongside their more experienced colleagues.

Indeed, both Sterling and Wisdom were instrumental in Saturday's 1-0 win over Reading, with the former netting the only goal of the game in the first half.

Jones has been impressed with the pair and claims they have both demonstrated a hunger to garner advice from their senior colleagues — something the goalkeeper believes will be vital in ensuring they fulfil their potential.

"Raheem has been brilliant and the thing with him is that he's got the arrogance on the pitch but off it he's a very level-headed lad," said the stopper.

"He listens to people, not just the manager but the older players as well, and he takes things on board.

"As long as he keeps that up he's going to do very well for us.

"Andre as well. He's the same type of character. They are both happy to listen and aren't getting too big for their boots.

"That's good and the longer they stay like that the better.

"Jamie Carragher mentioned it the other week, you never stop learning. If we can keep playing Raheem and make him even better he will be a top player."

Meanwhile, Jones has explained why he believes he has a fight on his hands every single day he drives into Melwood.

The custodian, who deputised for the injured Pepe Reina last weekend, is eager to demonstrate to Rodgers he is deserving of his place within the Reds squad.

"I've improved a lot as a goalkeeper from being here," said Jones. "All the 'keepers work really hard every day in training as a group.

"You have to fight to get games under your belt and I'm someone who likes a challenge.

"That's the reason I came here. To set the bar high and see how far I can get in the game.

"Since the manager has come in, there have been changes. From the day he came in it's been a fight to prove to him I'm worthy of being here. I'm hoping that I'm winning that battle. If I can get more games then all the better."

Jones was required to make a couple of fine stops to ensure Liverpool collected the three points against Reading.

The 30-year-old had little to do in the first half, but was called into action after the break as the visitors searched for a leveller.

"As a 'keeper you just have to stay concentrated and make sure nothing happens when it comes down the other end," Jones reflected.

"The aim is to not switch off and give away any silly chances. We did that on Saturday. There was just the odd bit for me to do. They had the odd counter attack and that was bound to happen. We tended to have a lot of players attacking up the field.

"I was pleased with the saves but I just did what I get paid to do. I did my job.

"When we're playing at home, teams sit deep and try to frustrate us.

"I didn't have much to do in the first half but in the second half they came out and tried to get something out of the game.

"I felt we dealt with that pretty well.

"Overall we soaked up everything they threw at us and we always looked dangerous going forward. We just didn't have the finished product.

"We could have had a few more goals against Reading but the fact we were solid at the back and created so many chances was very positive. It could have been 5-0.

"Saturday was one of those days when the chances didn't go in but we saw in our win at Norwich what can happen. If we keep playing like that and creating chances we will be alright."

Photo via LiverpoolFC.com

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