Jermaine Jenas was awestruck by the performance of West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore in the 3-2 win against Wolves on Saturday.
The captain didn’t have the best of starts to Sam Allardyce’s reign, getting sent off in the opening stages of his first game against Aston Villa.
Livermore has bounced back though, and Jenas claimed he was the “driving force” behind the crucial Black Country Derby victory.
Speaking on Match of the Day, Jenas claimed that the Baggies skipper has stepped up after his poor start under Allardyce.
“Jake Livermore, I thought was solid,” he said.
“Helping out in situations like this, we know Traore causes a lot of problems, he was there to help out his full-backs. In the second half, he was the driving force, he’s the leader of the team.
“He’s had his own little mix up with the manager himself, and he really stood tall, winning battles in midfield for his team.”
Livermore stepped up at Molineux.
The 31-year-old made six interceptions and three clearances according to WyScout, his most in a single game all season in the Premier League.
The midfielder also only failed with one of his passes as he made nearly every single one of his actions count in the vital victory.
Experience is something Allardyce always values in his teams, and Livermore is providing that in the bucketload at The Hawthorns.
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