Saturday, December 15, 2012

Liverpool Goalkeeper Signs New Deal At Anfield

Brad Jones has signed a new long term deal with Liverpool after impressing Brendan Rodgers in the absence of Pepe Reina.

A string of injuries saw Spain international Reina sidelined for a time earlier in the season, but the former Middlesbrough shot stopper has proved to be a reliable deputy. Brendan Rodgers has for the most part selected the 30-year-old for Europa League outings, but injuries to Reina saw him also step in for high profile games with Everton, Chelsea and Newcastle United.

Rodgers recently spoke of the quality of his two goalkeepers, dismissing the idea that he was in the market to sign replacements after the club was linked with a move for Birmingham City’s Jack Butland.

"Of course you are always looking for talent but what we have is one of the best number one keepers in the Premier League in Pepe Reina and then Brad Jones, who was a number three or number four keeper here but has really kicked on since the summer,” Rodgers told Sky Sports last month.

"In the games Brad has played he's showed he is a very loyal and supportive number two. Our job then below that is to ensure we have top young talents who can then hopefully challenge at the top end."

Jones is the fifth Liverpool player to put pen to paper on a new contract since Rodgers’s appointment, joining Luis Suarez, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Jonjo Shelvey in committing their futures to Anfield.

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