Lukaku: Reds after revenge
WEST BROM v LIVERPOOL
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.”
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