Jones ready to rival Reina
Brad Jones is ready for the challenge of putting pressure on Liverpool's No.1 goalkeeper Jose Reina.
Last Updated: 17/08/10 8:23pm
Liverpool new boy Brad Jones is ready for the challenge of putting pressure on the club's undisputed first-choice goalkeeper Jose Reina.
Jones has signed a three-year contract with Liverpool to move to Anfield for a £2.3million fee from Championship side Middlesbrough.
The Australia international is looking forward to linking up with the Reds and accepts he faces a tough task to play first-team football.
"They've told me they want me to do what I do and put pressure on Pepe Reina and Diego Cavalieri," the 28-year-old told the club's official website.
"That's fine, I'm happy to do that, I've got to give it a go.
"Roy Hodgson hasn't promised anything and I would never expect that from a manager. It's up to me to work hard and make his decisions for him.
"It's not going to be easy to get past Pepe. He's shown over the last couple of years how good he is.
"You don't play for the clubs he's played for and the tournaments he's played in and not be world class.
"Obviously that side of it is going to be tough, but I'll do what I can and try to put a bit of pressure on him."
Over the moon
Jones hails from Western Australia, but has Liverpudlian heritage as his mother is from the city.
He also fulfils the added bonus of being 'homegrown' as his parents both have British passports and he joined the Middlesbrough Academy in 2001.
Jones said: "Obviously with my mum being English and my dad having a British passport, that's helped me come over in the first place - and now it helps me with the new rules because I'm homegrown.
"Mum's over the moon, as is my granddad. It's nice, I have family round here, so it's nice to be in a familiar area.
"It's 50/50 in the family between Liverpool and Everton, but I'm sticking to the red side.
"Growing up with a mum who's a Scouser, Liverpool was drilled into me and Liverpool's my team. It didn't take too long to think coming here through!"