Reina backed as Liverpool’s first choice

Liverpool back-up goalkeeper Brad Jones has admitted that team-mate Pepe Reina is the club’s first-choice stopper despite erratic form at the start of the season.

The Spaniard has been at fault for a number of goals that the Merseysiders have conceded and as such there have been rumblings in the press stating that Brendan Rodgers was getting fed up of the goalkeeper’s mistakes.

However, despite being expected to start for Liverpool against West Brom on Wednesday night, Jones has backed Reina as the Reds’ No.1.

“Pepe’s consistency is massive and a lot about being a goalkeeper at Liverpool is concentration because you aren’t getting peppered every week,” The Guardian have Jones as saying.

“You have got to look at it in context. Goalkeeping can turn on one decision at any given time. Sometimes you make the wrong decision but get away with it. Other times someone moves. It doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to be criticised over the odd mistake over the course of a season.

“You look at the top teams and every goalkeeper has made a mistake. For people to jump on the bandwagon and start criticising someone who has been at the top of his game, been in the top tier of football, for so long, is wrong.

“Pepe’s still only 30. You can’t start dismissing people and say: ‘That’s it.’ He’s a brilliant keeper and I don’t think there is any reason to start questioning him now,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight