In a game where the result favoured neither side, West Brom talisman Jake Livermore was once again found wanting.
Two of the Premier League’s relegation rivals locked horns at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon with the match ending in a 2-2 draw, which hasn’t affected the Baggies’ cause whatsoever.
Sam Allardyce’s faltering side remain six points adrift of safety, and if their captain’s performance is anything to go by, then the 66-year-old has one mighty task to keep Albion up this campaign.
Heading into the encounter, Livermore was already ranked among West Brom’s worst players, and that hasn’t changed with an average WhoScored rating of 6.17.
The only other regular starter (ten or more games) worse than the 31-year-old is Romaine Sawyers (6.13), who did not feature.
Livermore was tasked in a defensive midfield role but ended up being graded as the home side’s worst player (6.3). That’s even worse than Dara O’Shea, who was hooked after just 24 minutes as he was enduring a nightmare afternoon.
The skipper is supposed to be an imposing figure holding fort in front of the backline, and he was anything but after he won only two of eight duels (25%), via SofaScore.
Only the two strikers (Callum Robinson & debutant Mbaye Diagne) were weaker in their battles.
Livermore was also completely ineffective in the passing game, making only 56% of his 34 attempts – the worst of any Baggies midfielder.
Given his position in the engine room – right in the heart of the pitch – he should have been frequently involved though, in the end, he ended the game with fewer touches (45) of the ball than their goalkeeper, Sam Johnstone (48), as per SofaScore.
The former Spurs ace was eventually hauled off in the 83rd minute having also lost possession 16 times, adding a wasteful element to his appalling and abysmal display.
It meant the midfield enforcer handed the ball back to the Cottagers once every 2.8 touches – or once every 5.1 minutes.
Simply put, Livermore, who is supposed to be the leader on the pitch, was futile, lightweight and pretty abysmal, so you could forgive Big Sam if he felt at all let down by the veteran.
Indeed, the long-serving £10m ace shockingly disappointed his side in a game in which he should’ve steered them to victory. It would’ve given their relegation battle the world of good.
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