West Bromwich Albion midfielder Romaine Sawyers has spoken highly of teammate Jake Livermore, telling the Birmingham Mail that the Baggies captain has been “excellent all season” and essential for the club.
Livermore has endured his fair share of criticism from sections of the West Brom fanbase in previous seasons but under Slaven Bilic he has been nothing short of sublime this campaign as the Baggies seek a return to the Premier League.
The 30-year-old has been the driving force for West Brom this season, putting in plenty of influential, committed performances in the middle of the park, winning the ball with ease, showing excellent leadership qualities and even weighing in with goals and assists.
Livermore’s qualities have allowed Sawyers to thrive in his more technical role for West Brom and, as such, he had plenty of kind words to say about the former Spurs and Hull man.
“We need him, he is our captain and he has been excellent all season. He really does set the standards for us.”
Livermore is just one of several West Brom players who have thrived since Bilic arrived at the club, and it’s great to see him consistently put in performances befitting of his talents and work ethic, and answering his prior critics in the best way.
Even though the Baggies are now second in the Championship table, they are still six points clear of third and with nine games to go, things are looking good for the Hawthorns side with regards to a potential Premier League return.