Liverpool's Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones dedicates penalty save to memory of son Luca

The Australian goalkeeper pointed to the sky after saving a penalty in his English Premier League debut for the Reds
Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones paid tribute to his late son Luca, after making a dramatic Liverpool league debut in a 3-2 victory at Blackburn.

Jones had little time to warm up when second-choice keeper Alexander Doni - standing in for the suspended Pepe Reina - saw red on 25 minutes for bringing down Junior Hoilett inside the penalty area.

But the former Middlesbrough goalkeeper denied Yakubu Aiyegbeni from the spot and pointed to the heavens in recognition of his five-year-old son, Luca, who lost his fight against leukaemia last November.

And Jones, who spent time together with Yakubu during their time at Boro, said he knew his former team-mate's style.

"I remember many a Friday on the training pitch at Middlesbrough," he said. "We used to practice penalties a lot so I knew his (Yakubu’s) style and what he does. I had a guess and luckily I made the save."

The Socceroo was in the thick of the action again when he conceded a penalty of his own, and was perhaps lucky not to follow Doni down the tunnel.

Yakubu converted the resulting penalty and his second of the game to draw Blackburn level after Maxi Rodriguez had given Liverpool a 2-0 lead, but an injury-time header from Andy Carroll secured all three points for the visitors.

Jones' partner Dani gave birth to a baby boy last week and, speaking after the game, he admitted it has been tough since death of his son.

"It has been a difficult 18 months with my son passing away," he said.

"That was for him and obviously for the supporters as well for giving me the support they have. My girlfriend gave birth to a little boy so it has been a big week."

The 30-year-old is now in likely to start against Merseyside rivals Everton in a FA Cup semi-final clash at Wembley on Saturday, with the club's first and second choice keepers now suspended.

"It is [semi-final] not something I have been thinking about to be honest. But it's a big game and it is about preparing for that and making sure I am focused," he said.

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