Remember Brad Jones? It turns out his reputation is rather more positive over in the Netherlands.
Typical isn’t it. While the Neville brothers gang up and take it in turns to grind down the self-worth of butter-wristed shot-stopper Loris Karius, three of Liverpool’s former goalkeepers are pulling off save after save across the continent.
Pepe Reina has found form again at Napoli after a sluggish start to the season, flying off his line and distributing brilliantly as the backbone of a 3-0 hammering of Inter Milan recently, while Peter Gulacsi, who didn’t play a single minute of competitive football during seven years at Anfield, is helping spearhead RB Leipzig’s Bundesliga revolution.
And, just to pour an extra gallon of salt into Liverpool fans’ wounds, Brad Jones, yes that Brad Jones, has been named the Eredivisie’s best goalkeeper for 2016.
The 34-year-old, best remembered for being on the receiving end of a Matt Smith battering in a 2013 FA Cup defeat to Oldham, left Anfield last summer after tallying a grand total of 11 appearances in four seasons since being signed by, you guessed it, Roy Hodgson.
These days, however, he’s performing heroics between the sticks of Feyenoord as the least heralded of Holland’s three giants bid for a first Eredivisie title since 1999.
It might be a bit much to call for Jones’ return. After all, there’s hardly a better league for you to show off your shot-stopping ability than the defensively disregarding Dutch top flight.
But this is the last thing Liverpool need as Jurgen Klopp faces the dilemma of choosing between Karius and the eternally flappable Simon Mignolet.
The Karius/Mignolet debate is on fire now. Meanwhile, Brad Jones has been voted best keeper in the Dutch League. #LFC— Mouad Elhmaidi (@MouadElhmaidi) December 12, 2016
Genuinely believe that getting brad jones back would be upgrading from karius!— Rossi Williams (@Rossi_Wills69) December 12, 2016
Brad Jones has excelled in the eredivisie yet struggled at LFC, coaching problems?— OMDITSAJAY (@OMDITSAJAY7) December 12, 2016
Brad Jones is a really nice guy and deserves all the success he's getting at Feyenoord.— Justin. (@JuzaShannon) December 12, 2016
But state of that league when he's the best keeper.
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