Brad Jones discusses his relationship with Mignolet, and what it’s been like to take the Belgian’s place

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Jones vows to impress Brendan Rodgers and retain the keeper spot…

Australian stopper Brad Jones has told the official Liverpool website that he’s delighted with the game-time he’s recently received, and that he wants to keep the no.1 jersey.

The 32-year-old has dislodged Simon Mignolet from the side, and has started the last three matches in place of the Belgian.

In that time, we’ve won once, drawn once and lost once, and while Jones’ distribution has been praised, his shot-stopping has left a little to desire…

“It’s been good to be back in the team. I always want to play as many games as I can and to be given the opportunity,” Jones began.

“I am happy to go out there, try to do my best to help the team and hope that I do well enough to play the next one.

“I haven’t had an awful lot to do in the last three games. I have tried to help the team in certain situations. I have tried to play as much as I can in the way the manager wants me to play.

“In football, and especially with goalkeepers, circumstances dictate how much you do and when you do it. Sometimes you might not have a chance to do anything. I just try to play as best as I can in every aspect.

“Simon and I have a very good relationship. For us, it’s business as usual,” he added.

Jones then went on to describe his current relationship with Mignolet, the man he’s replaced in the side.

To be fair, it sounds like the pair are being as professional as possible, although both will naturally be desperate to have the starting spot for themselves.

“We are old enough to know there is nothing petty between players. It is the manager’s decision,” he continued.

“We just crack on in training and work as hard as we can. We want to improve each other. We try to push each other as much as possible. That hasn’t changed one bit.

“We’ve seen in the past at other clubs things happen between players which creates a bad atmosphere. But we get along well and have tried to be as professional as we can.

“Whoever is playing, we want results and we want to get the team up the table. As soon as we get those points and start moving up the table, everyone is happy.”

Liverpool have been linked with a huge number of keepers in recent weeks, but it remains to be seen if we’ll bring in somebody new in January or stick with the duelling Jones and Mignolet.

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