Brad Jones, a cult figure in Liverpool football, has announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 41

He made his professional debut with Middlesbrough before moving on to the Reds in August 2010. During his five-year stay at Anfield, he made 27 appearances.

He participated in the 2012 FA Cup semifinal victory over Merseyside rivals Everton at Wembley, solidifying his status as a cult hero during the 2012 season.

In a 3-2 victory over Blackburn Rovers on April 10, 2012, he made his first Premier League appearance. After Doni, the backup goalkeeper, was dismissed for failing to properly handle a penalty in the 26th minute, he was introduced from the sidelines.

Blackburn eventually made it 2-2 after Liverpool had jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Andy Carroll popped up with a late winner for the downed Liverpool. Jones saved the penalty.

Four days later, Jones participated in the FA Cup semifinal while Pepe Reina and Doni were both out with injuries. Luis Suarez and Carroll scored for Liverpool to turn the tide after Everton had taken an early 1-0 lead.

Jones has been a lifelong supporter of Liverpool, and he proudly displayed his allegiance when he announced his retirement on social media.

The time has come to hang up my gloves and put an end to this protracted journey that has taken me around the globe for the past 25 years while doing something I could only imagine as a young boy in Perth, he said.

“I’ve had the honor of playing with some of the best players in the world and working with some fantastic coaches who have guided me along the way. I appreciate the support from the supporters of my former teams. The fact that I was present for some of them during historic events is incredible.

“I must give credit to my wife Dani, who has made many sacrifices by following my career wherever it took us. Also included are my three children, who have now lived in four different countries, have always been adaptable, and who have made the decision to move much easier.

“Unfortunately, niggles derailed my time at Perth Glory, and what was initially believed to be a relatively minor injury has now kept me out for more than a year and ultimately ended my playing days.

In the future, I hope to continue playing football and being a part of the beautiful game in some way.

After leaving Liverpool, Jones joined Bradford City in 2015. He later played for NEC, Feyenoord, Al-Nassr, and Perth Glory. In the 2016–17 season, he was Feyenoord’s starting goalkeeper and helped the team win the Eredivisie.

Dirk Kuyt, a former Reds striker, scored a hat-trick in the final game of the season to help the Dutch club win the championship.

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