Brendan Rodgers’ pre-Burnley press conference: Praise for Brad Jones

Brendan Rodgers praised both his goalkeepers in his pre-match press conference ahead of The Reds’ trip to Burnley on boxing day.

The Liverpool boss confirmed that his side will be training on Christmas day morning before having some family time in the afternoon and then travelling to Burnley to stay overnight.

Asked about the January transfer window, Rodgers said “If there’s an opportunity to strengthen in January we will take that for the right type of player.”

Questions were dominated by the current goalkeeping situation, with Brad Jones currently in the side “indefinitely”.

Rodgers said he hasn’t decided when Simon Mignolet will return to the side, saying: “I’ll make my mind up on that at the right time.”

On Jones, Rodgers praised the Australian’s professionalism and work rate throughout his time at Anfield. He said:

“Brad’s in the team at the moment and he’s done well in the games he’s played in.”

On Mignolet, Rodgers said: “Simon’s response has been fantastic. He’s been outstanding in training. We’re analysing his game where he can improve.

“We’ve seen with other players, that time out can help, we’re hoping that’s the case with Simon.”

Rodgers also praised goalkeeping coach John Achterburg, describing him as “an excellent goalkeeping coach”.

Rodgers confirmed that Glen Johnson and Joe Allen remain sidelined for the trip to Burnley, and that Mario Balotelli will return to the squad in the place of suspended Fabio Borini.