Brad Jones made his unexpected Premier League debut for Liverpool, after Alexander Doni was sent off in the 3-2 win at Blackburn on Tuesday. The Aussie has not played in the FA Cup since conceding two in Middlesbrough’s sixth-round defeat at Goodison during Everton’s run to the final in 2009.
Brad Jones’s time at Liverpool has been one of personal tragedy and professional frustration, an 18-month period in which the Australian has had to deal with the death of his five-year-old son Luca and find his chances at Anfield restricted to only two starts.
Jones is now set to make his first full appearance under Dalglish after Alexander Doni was sent off in Tuesday’s 3-2 win at Blackburn, although last night Liverpool hinted they would be appealing the decision.
“It’s massive just to be a Liverpool player. I’m as proud as anyone to do that and be part of this club.”
Jones, who tragically lost his five-year-old son Luca to leukemia last November, became a new dad last week after partner Dani gave birth to Nico.
He added: “The last few days have been hectic after my girlfriend Dani gave birth.
“I’ve been getting into the routine of having a baby in the house.
“Obviously now I’ll be preparing for Wembley, so Dani might have a bit more work on her hands!”
Jones, who saved a penalty from former Middlesbrough team-mate Yakubu with his first touch following Doni’s dismissal, dedicated Liverpool’s 3-2 win at Blackburn to Luca.
He said: “Luca is with me every day. I carry him everywhere.
“In that sense, I have got someone looking over me. It’s been a difficult 18 months for me, with losing my son.”
The chance to now help the Reds ease beyond David Moyes’ side and into the FA Cup final against either Chelsea or Tottenham, is an opportunity he is determined to grasp.
“It’s been difficult not being involved and with everything that has gone on,” he said.
“But I’ve trained as hard as I can and hopefully that will stand me in good stead.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet and wasn’t something I was expecting.
“But these things can happen and when you are on the bench as a goalkeeper you have to be prepared.
“It’s going to be a big occasion against Everton at Wembley. I have to make sure I do the right things and it’s going to be an extra-special day.