When Brad Jones was caught looking at a shot that hit the post thirteen minutes into Liverpool's Boxing Day match versus Burnley, the cause of his substitution two minutes later seemed obvious. It seemed clear that the 'keeper was incorrectly but absolutely certain the ball was going wide as he made no attempt to move towards it, but when Jones came off the pitch, commentary quickly turned to an injury he had apparently sustained.
"It was his thigh muscle," Brendan Rodgers confirmed after the match. "We'll have to look at it to see where Brad is at. If he's missing out [on Monday], we've got young Danny Ward and he would come onto the bench."
Jones' lack of movement on the Burnley chance makes sense if he had indeed sustained the injury prior to that moment. While Jones has taken his fair share of criticism since returning to the starting line-up, few will be enthusiastic about the inexperienced twenty-one year-old Ward taking a spot on the bench of Jones' injury keeps him out of the line up versus Swansea on Monday.
If Jones proves fit, it's unclear whether or not Rodgers will return him to the starting line up or if Simon Mignolet has completed his indefinite stay on the bench. Mignolet did not have a spectacular game once he came on for Jones, but Brendan Rodgers seems to have seen enough that he liked.
"I thought he did well," Rodgers said. "He came for a couple of crosses really well; caught one and punched one. He didn't have a great deal to do, and his kicking was good. He's worked hard since he came out of the team and he came on, kept a clean sheet and that was important for us."
There may be a wee bit of growing concern over Liverpool keepers not having a lot to do but then not doing much when they do face a flurry of activity in Liverpool's end. This isn't the first time that this lack of action for the keepers has been noted in recent weeks, and amongst all the shot stopping and distribution skills that one usually values in a keeper, mental sharpness in the face of boredom should not go undeveloped.