Lukaku: Reds af­ter re­venge

WEST BROM v LIVER­POOL

Midweek Sport - - THURS­DAY SEPT 27 -

ROMELU LUKAKU has warned Liver­pool will be on a re­venge mis­sion at The Hawthorns tonight.

The Bag­gies were the party poop­ers for Bren­dan Rodgers’ first Premier League match as Reds chief, win­ning 3-0 on the open­ing day.

It set the tone for two con­flict­ing starts to the sea­son for the teams, with the Bag­gies fourth and Liver­pool third bot­tom.

Lukaku said: “To beat them in the league was a big achieve­ment for us but Liver­pool will want re­venge. We have to be ready. If we want to keep our mo­men­tum go­ing we want to beat them so we can go to As­ton Villa on Sun­day with con­fi­dence.

“We can do well in the league and the cups here. The Cap­i­tal One Cup is the quick­est way into Europe.”

Con­fi­dent

Brad Jones is itch­ing for reg­u­lar foot­ball – but in­sists he will never leave boy­hood idols Liver­pool while he has a chance to prove him­self. Aus­tralian Jones, 30, grew up in Perth des­per­ate to play in front of the Kop.

But af­ter join­ing from Mid­dles­brough in 2010, Jones found him­self as the Reds’ third-choice and also deal­ing with six-year-old son Luca dy­ing from leukemia in Novem­ber last year.

Jones will start tonight and ad­mits he’s never been more con­fi­dent of his role at An­field.

He ad­mit­ted: “A year ago foot­ball was on the back burner to be hon­est. It wasn’t some­thing I was too wor­ried about and it was dif­fi­cult at that time to do both.

“This wasn’t just a move for me to come here, it was like an achieve­ment.

“When I was eight I had all the kits and I said I’d play for Aus­tralia, which I did, and I was go­ing to play for Liver­pool, which I’ve done.

“One game was great but I don’t want to play just four games. There is some­thing about com­ing in ev­ery day that makes every­thing you have sac­ri­ficed worth­while and I wouldn’t walk away.”

BAG­GIES BAT­TLE: Lukaku will have to get past Jones

at The Hawthorns

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