Perennial Liverpool substitute Brad Jones might have some explaining to do following the Reds’ eyebrow-raising 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Jones caught snoozing
Don’t worry, we’ve not gone completely bonkers; we’re well aware that he didn’t play in the game. Yet it appears that Simon Mignolet’s dominance regarding the No.1 position at the club has finally become too much for him.
As Palace cruised to a stunning home victory which had a similar effect to the 3-3 draw which effectively cost Liverpool the title at Selhurst Park last season, Jones was caught having what appeared to be a power nap in the stands, merely feet away from manager Brendan Rodgers.
The 32-year-old Australian goalkeeper, who has played just eight games in almost four years for the Anfield club, looks suspiciously like he’s sleeping during the game, as Rodgers looks on soaked through and downcast.
Liverpool down and out
Yet it speaks volumes over the scale of Liverpool’s poor start that their reserve ‘keeper have a quick kip probably isn’t the most concerning thing about the fixture, as questions are once more being put to Rodgers concerning how he will stop the rot.
Having struggled to cope with the loss of Luis Suarez Liverpool look a shadow of the side which romped to a second-placed finish in the Premier League last term, and their form during this campaign has been one notch above positively woeful.
The defeat at the hands of Palace leaves them 12th in the table, on just 14 points from 12 matches. A similar trend in the Champions League sees them in danger of crashing out of the competition at the first hurdle, and with Daniel Sturridge ruled out after picking up a new injury the near future is tainted with a very bleak smear.
As for Jones himself his days as No.2 at Liverpool could well be numbered. Transfer rumours insist that Rodgers wants to bring in another ‘keeper to challenge Mignolet for his position, and if that desire is fulfilled then the current backup would be a virtually useless entity.