Ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones hits impressive record with Feyenoord

21 February 2017

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones has accomplished an impressive feat not matched by any Feyenoord stopper in the past 20 years.


Jones left Merseyside in 2015, signalling the end of a disappointing spell with the Reds that saw him make just 27 appearances over five years on the books.

He initially signed a one-year deal with Bradford City, but saw his contract terminated by mutual consent, before making the move to the Netherlands to join NEC Nijmegen.

After impressing at the Goffertstadion in 2015/16, Jones spent the summer training at Melwood, weighing up further offers.

Eventually, he signed for Feyenoord, with the Rotterdam club looking to swiftly cater for long-term injury to Kenneth Vermeer, and Jones has since taken up the role of first-choice goalkeeper.

It is unlikely Feyenoord will have expected Jones to perform quite so well, however.

And with the Australian keeping a clean sheet in Sunday’s 1-0 win over ADO Den Haag, he brought his tally up to 14 in just 22 games in the Eredivisie this season.

Therefore, Jones is the first Feyenoord goalkeeper to keep 14 clean sheets in the league since Ed de Goey in 1996/97—with 11 games left to play before the end of the campaign.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 17, 2014: Liverpool's goalkeeper Brad Jones slips as he controls the ball against Bournemouth during the Football League Cup 5th Round match at Dean Court. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This is a far cry from the Jones that Liverpool supporters become familiar with during his time at Anfield, with the former Middlesbrough stalwart tallying eight shutouts in 27 outings.

He played second fiddle to first Pepe Reina and then Simon Mignolet, not afforded the consistency required to settle between the sticks.

Now, however, it is pleasing to see such a loyal servant enjoy success on the continent, with Feyenoord currently top of the Eredivisie table, five points clear of Ajax.

They have conceded just 12 goals in 23 games, with one of those coming when Jones was out injured in November.

That was a 1-0 loss away to Go Ahead Eagles, their only defeat of the league campaign so far—meaning the Feyenoord are unbeaten in the Eredivisie when Jones has featured.

His only honour as a player so far is the LDV Vans Trophy, won with Blackpool in 2003/04, but if Feyenoord do go all the way this season, it will be his first major contribution to a trophy.

Jones is not the only former Liverpool goalkeeper vying for league honours this season, with both Reina (Napoli) and Peter Gulacsi (RB Leipzig) shining as first choice at their new clubs.

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