'Different class' - Sawyers gushes over West Brom team-mate
Romaine Sawyers has hailed midfield partner Jake Livermore as “different class” amid a strong start to the season by West Brom.
Slaven Bilic’s side entered the second international break of the campaign top of the Championship standings after 11 matches, with Sawyers and Livermore starting each fixture alongside each other in the heart of the midfield.
Sawyers returned to The Hawthorns in the summer transfer window after he was snapped up from Brentford and since then he has had nothing but praise for the experienced Livermore.
“When Jake talks I listen,” Sawyers said, as quoted by Birmingham Live. “He has been different class on and off the pitch. He’s been there and done it with Tottenham and England. His career speaks for itself.
“I’ve got so much respect for him as a person, I’ll dig deep for him and he’ll dig deep for me. We complement each other without strangling each other and he gives me so much confidence.
“I know I’ve got the trust of him and Barts (Kyle Bartley) and Semi (Ajayi). If I make a mistake, like against Cardiff when I stepped over the ball, Jake could have easily ripped my head off, but he said ‘Rom it’s ok but do better next time’.”
As Sawyers says, he and Livermore have complemented each other well in the West Brom midfield.
According to stats by WhoScored, the ex-Brentford ace has a higher pass success rate than any other Baggies player at 92.1 per cent, while also averaging more passes per match than anyone else at 63.4.
Livermore is the more defensive-minded out of the midfield pair and only full-back Nathan Ferguson [2.5] has averaged more tackles per match than the ex-Hull ace [1.9] in the Championship this season.
A lot has gone right for West Brom to be top of the table at this stage of the campaign and the partnership between Sawyers and Livermore has definitely played a big role.
In other West Brom news, fans have urged this Albion player to sign a new contract with the club.