Brad Jones' affection for Liverpool after the struggles he's gone through in his personal life is clear, and the keeper has in the past gone as far as to admit he would would rather stay at Anfield in a more minor role than seek out an opportunity elsewhere that might lead to more minutes.
Now, though, Jones has admitted that though he is happy in his role as Pepe Reina's deputy, that it has hurt his chances of featuring for Australia is something that does weigh on his mind.
"I have kind of been in and out recently but there is not a lot I can do really, it is up to the manager to pick me," said Jones of the struggle to get his toe in the door with the Australian national team, which he hasn't been called into since September and was left out of again over the recent international break.
"The [Australia] manager wants people who are playing fairly regularly," he added, "which is obviously going to be difficult for me here. I have probably played more games than I thought I might have this year but just the way it has worked out it is going to be difficult.
"But on the other side for me it is a tough one because I would probably rather play 15 games for Liverpool than 30 for someone else. It is Catch 22 but I think if I am playing for Liverpool and performing [as I have been this season] then I should be in contention."
Jones' solid performances in 15 games for Liverpool this season suggest he at least deserves consideration for the Australian squad. With Reina returning to fitness, though, and Jones expected to head back to the bench as the season winds down, it's difficult to imagine he'll suddenly find himself in consideration for Australia come next international break.
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