One of the many young Englishmen trying to make it through the ranks at Tottenham Hotspur is youth academy graduate Jake Livermore. 20 year old Livermore, who was born locally in nearby Enfield, joined Tottenham at the age of 16 and has remained at the club since and it’s this season that seems to be the making of him with an impressive loan spell to his name to add to a fine pre-season for Spurs last summer.
Standing at 6’2”, Livermore’s style of play is comparable with Patrick Vieira. Livermore has the Vieira-like trait of being able to knock opponents off the ball and steam forward himself to join attacks. He’s a big, physical presence and possesses good strength for his age which will always prove useful in a physical league like the Premiership.
In his first year on Tottenham’s books Livermore made 39 appearances for Spurs’ under 18’s, his status as a regular for them showing that he was already considered one of the better talents in the crop of youngsters. He also scored 9 goals, showing his box-to-box style of play resulted in benefits for both the team and him individually. Livermore was so impressive for the Under 18’s that he was even promoted to the Tottenham Reserves in his first year there for whom he made 13 appearances in that debut season.
Livermore was then involved in a friendly in the summer of 2007 with the Tottenham first team, showing the faith in his ability Spurs had as Livermore was just 17 at the time. He didn’t stay with the first team though as he went back to playing for the reserves who he continued to impress for. A loan spell at MK Dons was agreed later in the year to get Livermore some crucial first team experience and he did alright for the Dons without ever really standing out.
In the summer of 2008 another loan spell was agreed which would send the youngster to League 1 side Crewe but unfortunately Livermore fractured his fibula in a friendly match and, with the injury expected to keep him out for a long time, he was sent back to Tottenham to recover and the season proved something of a write-off for him.
Livermore was back to full fitness by the summer of 2009 and raring to go. Tottenham rewarded their faith in him with a new contract and he was regularly involved in their pre-season friendlies, even scoring against the mighty Barcelona along the way. A delighted Livermore told Tottenham’s official website that
“Things are looking up at the moment, but the main thing for me now is to just stay injury free, and whatever happens at the start of the season happens. Either way, I look forward to it. I’m feeling good and fit, and just looking forward to the start of the season now.”
Knowing that Livermore would not be able to fully break into the first team this season with Tom Huddlestone and Wilson Palacios his first choice midfield pairing, Harry Redknapp agreed to send Livermore on loan to Championship side Derby County for whom he’s proved a regular. Although initially just a one month loan, Derby have extended it due to his impressive performances for them and to date he’s made 15 appearances for the Rams, scoring once.
Livermore looks at ease in the Championship and this is whilst he’s just 20. There is surely a future in the top flight for one who takes everything in his stride like Livermore does, particularly since it seems his injury problems are finished with. Interestingly, Livermore has never represented England at any level but that is bound to change if he continues to impress during his loan spell. Something of an unsung talent, Livermore could yet become a fine box-to-box midfielder.