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Jones happy to pick up point at Chelsea

Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones is optimistic his team are heading in the right direction after they drew 1-1 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Brendan Rodgers’ side lie 13th in the Premier League after consecutive draws against the Blues, Newcastle and Everton.

But Jones believes Liverpool’s performances are improving and says that gaining a point against Chelsea was a positive step for the Merseyside club.

“We’re continuing to pick up points and we’re producing some good performances, and that’s fantastic. As long as we keep getting better and keep improving then that’s the way we want to head,” he told the club’s official website.

“I think it was a good draw for us because Stamford Bridge is a really tough place to come. Chelsea are a good team and we have to look at that and take some positives.

“Some games you’d rather we got three points but on days like Sunday, we’ve got to take the point and be happy. We missed a few chances towards the end, where we could have even nicked it, but as long as we continue to get the points and perform well, then we’re heading in the right direction.

“Chelsea are dangerous. Their front four includes three brilliant players operating behind a quality striker, so they are always going to create. But I think our formation and the way that we set up tactically was very good and we left them with very few opportunities, so that’s another positive.

“We’re disappointed to concede from a set piece but overall we didn’t give much away and it was another steady performance.”

Jones made his seventh consecutive appearance in goal on Sunday – with Pepe Reina recovering from a hamstring injury – and he has enjoyed the increased first-team exposure afforded to him in recent weeks.

The Australian admitted that he did not know what the future would hold, however, with Reina returning to full fitness imminently.

“As a player, you need a few games to get into a rhythm and it’s difficult sometimes to come in and play in just one game where you have to show what you can do,” Jones said.

“It’s especially difficult when you haven’t played for a while but after a nice run of games, you get into it.

“Players know what you are about and the understanding is there and it becomes easier. I don’t know what will happen after Sunday but I’ve enjoyed the run and I’m happy with how it’s gone.”

Mon 12 November, 2012
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