Liverpool travel to the Hawthorns tonight for what could be a game every bit as miserable as the weather for Brendan Rodgers. Steve Clarke will be reminding his players repeatedly that this is the same Liverpool that they embarrassed on the opening day of the season.
So third from top play third from bottom in a Cup competition that suddenly takes an interesting twist when it’s Premier League versus Premier League.
One thing is for certain, Liverpool need to find winning ways and given their poor start in the league, if they fail to secure a victory tonight then simply saying, ‘oh it was just the old League Cup’ is unlikely to cut the mustard with many Liverpool fans.
“Pepe’s consistency is massive and a lot about being a goalkeeper at Liverpool is concentration because you aren’t getting peppered every week,” Jones told The Guardian.
“You have got to look at it in context. Goalkeeping can turn on one decision at any given time. Sometimes you make the wrong decision but get away with it. Other times someone moves. It doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to be criticised over the odd mistake over the course of a season.
“You look at the top teams and every goalkeeper has made a mistake. For people to jump on the bandwagon and start criticising someone who has been at the top of his game, been in the top tier of football, for so long, is wrong.
“Pepe’s still only 30. You can’t start dismissing people and say: ‘That’s it.’ He’s a brilliant keeper and I don’t think there is any reason to start questioning him now,”