Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones hopes to put a difficult time behind him after being thrust into Kenny Dalglish’s FA Cup semi-final plans. Saving grace: Jones (Picture: Action Images) The Australian made his Premier League debut for the Reds, 20 months after joining from Middlesbrough, in Tuesday’s 3-2 win at Blackburn yesterday in which he saved a penalty. Jones dedicated the save to five-year-old son Luca, who died from leukaemia in November, and will cap an emotional few days – his girlfriend Dani Lawrence gave birth to another boy, Nico, last week – by playing in Saturday’s Cup showdown with Everton at Wembley. ‘It’s been a difficult 18 months for me with losing my son,’ the 30-year-old said. ‘It’s been hard but maybe yesterday he gave me that [the penalty save]. ‘Luca is with me every day. His face is on my washbag and his toys are in my travel bag. I take him everywhere. ‘The last few days have been hectic after my girlfriend gave birth to Nico – it’s been a good week for me.’ After Alexander Doni, deputising for the banned Jose Reina, was sent off at Rovers, Jones’ first touch was to save Yakubu’s penalty. He later conceded twice to the Nigerian, once after himself conceding a spot-kick, but Andy Carroll’s header snatched victory. Now Jones has to ready himself for the biggest occasion of his club career, having been on the bench for Boro’s 2004 League Cup win and Uefa Cup final defeat to Sevilla two years later. ‘It’s been difficult not being involved, but I’ve trained as hard as I can and hopefully that stands me in good stead. ‘It’s going to be a big occasion against Everton. I’ve to make sure I do the right things. It’ll be an extra special day.’
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