Brad Jones Will Use Any Opportunity to Prove His Worth to Brendan Rodgers


Brad Jones Will Use Any Opportunity to Prove His Worth to Brendan RodgersBrad Jones has vowed to grasp every opportunity he is handed by Brendan Rodgers with both gloves and revealed how the chance to play at Wembley again will inspire the side in their attempts to defend the Capital One Cup.

As understudy to Pepe Reina, the Australian goalkeeper averaged two appearances during both his first two seasons at Anfield — a tally the 30-year-old has already matched in 2012-13.

But buoyed by the faith shown in him by the new manager, Jones now hopes to further establish himself at the club.

"This season I've just tried to knuckle down and really push on and show the new manager what I can do," said Jones, who joined the Reds from Middlesbrough in 2010.

"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 UEFA 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."

Like many of his teammates before him, Jones was keen to praise Rodgers' methods on the training ground and assured supporters that positives are on the horizon.

"This season's been a lot better for me," Jones continued. "The new manager involves me a lot more, which was obviously difficult last year with me being away.

"This year feels a lot better, on a personal level, and I think most of the boys would say as a team.

"The way that we're training, the way that we're looking to progress, the style of play and everything — I think everyone is right behind it. It might take a little bit of time but when we get there, it will be quite impressive."

The Reds have yet to record a victory in the Barclays Premier League this season, but Jones feels the team's performances have merited more points and progress is plain to see.

"Obviously the boys would prefer to be in a better position," added the goalkeeper. "But with the changes that have happened, the new manager coming in, things we work on are different so it's going to take that little bit of time.

"But everyone is on the same page, we want to progress with what we're doing and everyone is happy with the idea of how we play and it's about ironing out those few little issues.

"I think in the games that we've played, we've done well. We've been unfortunate to maybe lose a few goals or have sendings-off.

"We're okay at the minute, nobody is too down, everybody is happy with the progression — we've just got to make that next step."

Capital One Cup action dominates the Reds' thoughts this week, with Rodgers' side travelling to the Hawthorns for its third-round tie against West Bromwich Albion.

Jones believes the encounter is an ideal occasion for himself and others to prove their credentials to the boss.

"You might see a few different players playing so it's a chance, like it was at Young Boys in the Europa League, to give some other players an opportunity to get some games and show the manager what they can do," the Australian said.

"Maybe it's a little bit different but whoever goes out, it's the same principle — we want to get a result.

"Every game we want to go out and get a result. Obviously last year was good for the club, good to win a trophy. We did well in the cup runs. This year is maybe a little bit different in terms of where the club wants to go and what we want to do.

"We want to get results and tick along. It's important for whoever goes out and plays to put on a show and hopefully get the result."

If the chance to earn a place in the first team is not enough motivation, Jones believes the prize of playing at Wembley makes the competition all the more important.

"The fact that we got to go there three times last season was brilliant. I think it just adds something extra to the game," he enthused.

"The semifinals were there as well, which gave us that extra chance, but it's fantastic to tell people that you have played there. We had the two finals — we won one, we lost one — but it's still an amazing place to go.

"Going with Liverpool to the two finals was brilliant. Any chance of a trophy or a medal, you've got to try and take it. That's what we're in the game for."

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