Dalglish waits on selection

Doni and Jones battling to face Villa in absence of Reina

Alexander Doni: Kenny Dalglish has been impressed by the Brazilian in training

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has yet to decide who will play in goal against Aston Villa this weekend in the absence of the suspended Pepe Reina.

The Anfield club's first-choice shot-stopper was sent off in last Sunday's defeat by Newcastle and will now serve a three-match suspension, which includes the FA Cup semi-final against Everton.

Alexander Doni and Brad Jones, who has not been named in a first-team squad since Roy Hodgson was manager on New Year's Day in 2011, are the contenders to replace Reina.

And while Dalglish has been impressed by the work of his two deputy goalkeepers, particularly Doni, a 2011 summer signing from Roma who has yet to play in the Premier League, he has not confirmed who will face Villa.

Step in

"He is very experienced, coming from Italian football," Dalglish said of Doni on Thursday morning at a press conference which was broadcast on Sky Sports News.

"He has worked really hard. He has got a lot sharper since he has been here with the work he has put in and he has been a real credit to himself.

"To play the game, for him, would be the next test.

"It is unfortunate circumstances for Pepe (Reina). But someone else can step in, either Doni or Brad."