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Jones dedicates penalty save to late son

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Brad Jones: 'It's been a difficult 18 months with my son passing away.'
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Third-choice Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones dedicated his penalty save to his late son after helping his side to victory at Blackburn on Tuesday night.

The 30-year-old Australian made his Barclays Premier League debut for the Reds at Ewood Park, coming on in the first half after Alexander Doni, deputizing for the suspended Pepe Reina, was given a red card for a foul on Junior Hoilett.

Jones saved Rovers striker Yakubu's resulting penalty, and the Merseysiders went on to triumph 3-2 thanks to Andy Carroll's late winner.

Jones, whose girlfriend gave birth to a son, Nico Luca, a week ago, following the death of his 5-year-old son Luca from leukemia in November, thanked the Liverpool supporters for their support.

"The supporters have been brilliant. It's been a difficult 18 months with my son passing away. That was for him," Jones told Sky Sports.

Jones said he drew on his time as a teammate of Yakubu at Middlesbrough to help him guess which way the Nigerian would choose to shoot from the penalty spot.

"On Fridays, we used to practice penalties a lot so I knew his style and what he does," he said.

Jones is now in line to play for Liverpool in the FA Cup semifinal against Everton on Saturday.

"It's a big game and now it's just about preparing for that," he said.

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