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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praised West Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones for an outstanding English Premier League starting debut in the Reds' 1-0 win over Reading at Anfield on Saturday.

Liverpool scored the win thanks to a strike from 17-year-old Raheem Sterling near the half hour mark to record their first home win of the season.

Jones, who is in his third year with Liverpool, has only previously made Premier League appearances off the bench and in Cup and Europa League matches.

The 30-year-old received the call-up after the Reds' regular goalkeeper Pepe Reina was ruled out after suffering a hamstring injury on international duty for Spain.

"I thought Brad was outstanding ... What he had to do he did very well," Rodgers told the UK's Daily Mail.

"When I came in during the summer he had been the number three keeper but I've seen massive development and it's a great credit to him."

Liverpool dominated the first half with a combination of poor finishing and good defending keeping them scoreless until Sterling struck.

Shortly after the halftime break, Reading caught Liverpool with a swift counter attack.

Gareth McCleary raced onto a long pass but was denied by a fine block from Jones, who also pushed away a curling effort from Jobi McAnuff.

"What he is absolutely outstanding at is shot-stopping and he made a great save from McCleary," Rodgers said.

Jones joined Liverpool in 2010 and following just a couple of games for the club, he moved to Derby County on loan until the end of the season.

His first Premier League match for Liverpool came in April 2012 in a 3-2 away win against Blackburn Rovers.

Jones came off the bench in the 26th minute after second choice 'keeper Doni had been sent off for fouling Junior Hoilett in the area.

Meanwhile, Socceroos midfielder Mile Jedinak completed a fine week by scoring a superb long-range goal in Crystal Palace's 2-2 draw with Millwall in the English Championship.

The former A-League player launched a fierce, swerving shot from 30m out that went into the right-hand corner of the goal in the 35th minute of the south London derby.

It was Jedinak's second goal for the second-division club since arriving from Turkey for the beginning of last season.

The Crystal Palace captain's strike at Selhurst Park rounded out an impressive week after he was favoured ahead of Mark Bresciano for Australia's crucial 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Iraq in Doha.

The ex-Central Coast Mariner showed his durability by putting in another 90-minute shift just four days after playing a full match in sapping conditions in Qatar.

In Germany, Socceroos winger Robbie Kruse came back to earth with a thud following his excellent showing midweek against Iraq at Grand Hamad Stadium.

German powerhouse Bayern Munich dished out a 5-0 belting to Kruse's newly-promoted club Fortuna Dusseldorf.

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