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West Bromwich Albion midfielder Jake Livermore has heaped praise on his teammate Romaine Sawyers and has tipped him for the very top.
The Baggies head into the international break on the back of a 1-0 victory up at Hull City, which sees them occupy top spot in the Championship with a two-point cushion over those in the chasing pack.
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Livermore bagged the only goal of the game in that match, but he and Sawyers will both be suspended for their game against Sheffield Wednesday when the team returns from national team duty in two weeks.
Speaking to the Express & Star, the Albion skipper talked up the impact of the 28-year-old, he said:
“He is fantastic, I love the boy as a kid and I love him as a player. I love playing alongside him.
“He is a nice calming influence. I think we bounce off each other quite well.
“I back him to be a real, real top player and I have played with a few.
“But I back him to be as good as anyone I have played with to be honest. And I mean that.”
Sawyers rejoined the club in the summer, having been released as an academy graduate back in 2013, and this season he’s played every minute of every game available.
The former Tottenham and England man has undoubtedly played with some great midfielders alongside him, so his words speak volumes.
At Spurs, there was Scott Parker, Luka Modric, and Moussa Dembele – there are four Champions League titles and a World Cup runners-up in there somewhere.
While for the national team, the seven-time capped powerhouse has featured alongside Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick and Ruben Loftus-Cheek
To put Sawyers’ name in that bracket is certainly sticking his neck out on the line, but it only goes to show the ability and quality on offer.
The 29-year-old’s comments surely hint that his teammate can go all the way to the top, though, those at the Hawthorns will be hoping it’s in the blue and white stripes.