West Bromwich Albion moved four points clear at the top of the Championship table on Sunday afternoon as they put on an attacking clinic in south London.
The Baggies eased to a 2-0 victory over Millwall at the Den, several hours after their title challengers Leeds United slipped up at fourth-placed Nottingham Forest, who they’ll face later this weekend.
Filip Krovinovic opened the scoring right before the break, expertly slotting home an attempt from just outside the penalty box before young defender Dara O’Shea wrapped up all three points by heading in Kamil Grosicki’s corner six minutes from time.
Fans waxed lyrical about both their goalscorers following the match, but midfield general and captain Jake Livermore also drew glowing praise from sections of the travelling support.
Here’s what has been said…
— Luke Pollard (@LukeyP_wba) February 10, 2020
— Corey Taylor (@coreyWBA) February 9, 2020
I’ll be honest last season I was one of his biggest critics as many of us were.This season he has been absolutely phenomenal to say the least.For a midfielder to cover so much ground putting in challenges really drives the team on.
— Love 2 party (@1toowatch) February 9, 2020
How good was Jake Jake Livermore today? Great performance #wba
— Shane Evansić 🇭🇷 (@ShaneoTheBaggie) February 9, 2020
Sawyers and Livermore are a class act the work they do to allow the front players to do what they do best is so under rated
— WBA (@KevKjc) February 10, 2020
Thought we looked back to our best today, Krov was outstanding, defence looked solid, Sammy looked more commanding, Livermore was a work horse and I love our new signings… very entertaining game! Much enjoy #wba
— hannah 🏳️🌈 (@Hannanar) February 9, 2020
Livermore outstanding today.The best I have seen him play for #WBA
— Michael whitehouse (@Michaelwh24) February 9, 2020
HRK motm for me today he led the line superbly, Livermore faultless too #wba
— Paul Hodgetts (@Hodge2802) February 9, 2020
Jake Livermore is an actual monster. What a man 👊🏻 #wba
— John (@Johnwba01) February 9, 2020
A range of superlatives were used to rave over his display – “underrated,” “faultless” and “phenomenal” were just three whilst one supporter went as far as describing him as an “actual monster.”
Per SofaScore, Livermore recorded two key passes, two successful dribbles and two tackles, so these fans certainly have a reason to swoon over him this weekend.
Others pointed out why he was exactly the right man to captain the club too.
Couldn’t have put it better myself. What a leader! 💙 https://t.co/h0mwuG2mFy
— HCKNBTTM (@HickbotJack) February 10, 2020
Captain fantastic for me, the driving force behind the team. 🔵⚪
— Andrew Morris (@AndyMoz18) February 9, 2020
Just got back and i forgot to say how good Jake Livermore was today. My captain 🔵⚪ #WBA
— ZacWBA (@ZacG_) February 9, 2020
“Driving force” and “what a leader” were just two comments about the skipper.
It also led to many more Baggies fans throwing their weight behind the 30-year-old as they believed he was the Man of the Match at the Den, whilst some went a step further to label him their Player of the Season – so far.
Livermore man of the match by a mile #wba
— Ben Southall (@BenSouthall1) February 9, 2020
Player of the season for me, no doubt.
— Max Dixon (@maxhsdixon) February 9, 2020
My player of the season.
— Lee Foxall🏴🏴 (@LeeFoxall6) February 9, 2020
“By a mile” and “no doubt” were used to emphasise just how good Livermore has been under Slaven Bilic this campaign.
It’s clear to see that the former Spurs midfielder is a key cog in Albion’s engine room, and that could suggest why they are now leading the league by four points.
And in other news, West Brom boss Slaven Bilic reveals insight into his game-winning tactics…