Brad Jones: Liverpool Teammate Simon Mignolet Not Bitter Over First Team Snub

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Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones has praised rival stopper Simon Mignolet…

Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones has heaped praise on teammate Simon Mignolet, who has been the ultimate professional since being dropped by manager Brendan Rodgers in favour of the Australian.

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Reports in the Daily Express carry quotes from the new Liverpool number one, who claimed that the relationship  between the pair has remained intact. Jones is currently three matches into an “indefinite” run in the side.

“We have a very good relationship,” said Jones, whose own contract is up at the end of the season. “We are old enough to know there is nothing petty between players.

“It is the manager’s decision. We just crack on in training and work as hard as we can. We want to improve each other. Whoever is playing, we want results and we want to get the team up the table. As soon as we start moving up the table, everyone is happy.”

Having witnessed Mignolet’s form being picked apart, he is braced for criticism of his own, saying: “That is what TV pundits do, isn’t it? They pick holes in people. They pick holes in teams and point out things. A lot of time, it can be unjustified. Sometimes it is justified.

“Football is all about different situations: ‘You could have done this… You could have done that’. Certain people like to justify their position by jumping on the bandwagon and saying something that gets in the press. It is up to them. That is their job.

“I have had it before and I’ll get it again. There is pressure on every player in every position. You are expected to win every week and when you don’t, you get criticised.

“At smaller clubs, you get away with certain things. The magnifying glass isn’t as big, if you like. But if you here, you have obviously done something right to be here in the first place. When you are here, you have to deal with it as best you can.”

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