Jones will miss Hodgson at Liverpool

January 8, 2011
By Liam FitzGibbon

Socceroos goalkeeper Brad Jones is confident Roy Hodgson's departure won't affect his future with Liverpool but admits he feels for the man who brought him to the Premier League club.

Hodgson left Liverpool by mutual consent on Saturday after an unhappy six-month stint, with former player and coach Kenny Dalglish named as his successor for at least the short term.

Jones, who is away with the Australian squad at the Asian Cup in Qatar, said the players had to take some responsibility for Hodgson's departure and admitted he felt a debt to the manager, who signed him from Middlesbrough in August last year.

"It is a shock but everyone's disappointed. When results don't go your way, managers tend to pay with their jobs," Jones said.

"But it's disappointing because we're the ones that go out on the pitch and we're the ones that haven't got the results.

" ... I owe a lot to the manager who puts his neck on the line and signs me but now I've got to go back and make sure that everyone else has got the same respect for me and wants me there as much.

"I'm sure it will be a difficult few weeks but as long as the boys get a few results it will all turn around."

Jones believed his prospects at the club would not be hurt by the fact he was away for a month with the national team, saying he already had a good relationship with Liverpool legend Dalglish.

"Kenny's been around the club a fair bit, he's at every game, he comes to training, he's seen me, he knows me and I've met him plenty of times so I don't think it's a massive problem," Jones said.

"Obviously I'd like to be there and help out any way that I can but while I'm here I'm 100 per cent behind our chances."