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|Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones saves penalty for Liverpool in memory of late son|
Liverpool’s third-choice goalkeeper Brad Jones has declared that his penalty save in his side’s match against Blackburn at Ewood Park on Tuesday night was dedicated to his late son.
Jones, 30, who has only been capped by Australia on a handful of occasions today appeared for the Reds for the first time in a league match.
He came on in place of Jon Flanagan, who made way after Reds keeper Doni was sent off after a lunge on Junior Hoilett.
After coming on, he saved Rovers striker Yakubu’s resultant penalty, helping Liverpool to go on and clinch a 3-2 win.
The Australian custodian was full of praise for the support he has received from Liverpool’s fans since the passing of his 5-year-old son Luca from leukemia in November last year.
“The supporters have been brilliant. It's been a difficult 18 months with my son passing away. That was for him," Jones told Sky Sports.
Manager Kenny Dalglish complimented his keeper, adding that Jones’ past may have helped him beat his former teammate.
"I think he had a wee bit of an advantage because the two of them have been at Middlesbrough," Dalglish said of Jones' save.
"So maybe he (Jones) had a bit of a psychological advantage."
"That was a great save from a first contribution from the Premier League to save a penalty, I'm sure he'll remember that."
Jones now appears set to start for Liverpool in the FA Cup semifinal against the Toffees on Saturday.
"It's a big game and now it's just about preparing for that," he added.
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