Brad Jones has dedicated his penalty save and Liverpool’s dramatic 3-2 win over Blackburn last night to his son who passed away last year.
Jones made his league debut for Liverpool last night after Alexander Doni, standing in for the suspended Pepe Reina, was sent off for bringing down Junior Hoilett in the area.
The former Middlesbrough keeper saved Yakubu’s resulting spot kick, but then gave away another penalty to allow the Nigerian to add to his first half header and bring the scores level.
However Andy Carroll secured Liverpool’s first win in five games in dramatic fashion as the under-fire forward headed home in extra time, and Jones paid tribute to his five-year-old son, who passed away from Lukemia last November after the game.
“It has been a difficult 18 months with my son passing away,” he told reporters.
“That was for him and obviously for the supporters as well for giving me the support they have. My girlfriend gave birth to a little boy so it has been a big week."
Jones is now in line for a starting spot in Liverpool’s F.A Cup semi-final against Everton on Saturday, while Reds boss Kenny Dalglish admitted he had ‘no idea’ who he would use as back up, although Peter Gulacsi has been recalled from his loan spell with Hull.
The Premier League have denied Liverpool will be able to sign a goalkeeper on emergency loan before their Wembley date against the Toffees, meaning youth-team players Danny Ward and Tyrell Belford may be considered for the bench.
Despite the speculation surrounding Liverpool’s goalkeeping crisis, Jones maintains that he hasn’t put much thought into the game against Everton, but says he will be ready if called upon.
"The semi-final is not something I have been thinking about to be honest,” he said. “But it's a big game and it is about preparing for that and making sure I am focused."