Jones shows sign of character
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has applauded the character of third-choice goalkeeper Brad Jones.
Last Updated: 12/04/12 3:23pm
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has applauded the character of third-choice goalkeeper Brad Jones ahead of the Merseyside derby FA Cup semi-final against Everton.
The Reds are understood to have appealed the red card of Alexander Doni in Tuesday's win at Blackburn, but if unsuccessful and with Jose Reina still suspended, Jones is on Saturday set to start at Wembley.
The Australian, whose young son, Luca, died of leukaemia late in 2011, was thrust into the spotlight at Ewood Park for his Premier League debut for Liverpool in midweek when Doni was dismissed.
But Jones' first act was to save a penalty from Yakubu and, despite later giving away a spot-kick which was converted, he helped the Anfield outfit to a dramatic three points.
Dalglish said of his club's August 2010 signing from Middlesbrough: "You can only guess what it must be like to go through what he's been through.
"But he has done and I'm sure he enjoyed his first bit of action on Tuesday night, saving a penalty.
"We know that to do what he's done has shown a great deal of strength of character."
While the semi-final against Everton will be an emotional day for Jones, it will also be a poignant occasion for Liverpool.
The match takes place on the weekend of the 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy in which 96 Liverpool fans died at an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.
Dalglish was manager on that occasion in his first stint in charge and said it was fitting the game is against Everton, who Liverpool defeated in the 1989 final just weeks after the disaster.
Saturday's match will be preceded by a period of remembrance and Dalglish said: "A minute's silence at Wembley. It's ironic that it's Liverpool and Everton at Wembley again, because that was the final that year.
"It's going to be very emotive for everybody. The Evertonians were affected by Hillsborough as well as the Liverpool fans, with family members who never came home.
"It will be poignant and I'm sure both sets of fans will grace the minute's silence with the dignity they've shown since 1989."
Earlier on Thursday, Liverpool announced they have parted company with director of football Damien Comolli.