By Pranav Shahaney

6th Nov, 2021 | 7:30pm

Jake Livermore missed Middlesbrough clash due to hamstring injury

West Brom captain Jake Livermore was not in the matchday squad against Middlesbrough due to a hamstring injury, according to Steve Madeley.

According to The Athletic journalist, he had a tight hamstring so Valerien Ismael opted to bring in Jayson Molumby.

The 22-year-old did not start the loss against Fulham, but has been brought back into the side on Saturday.

Madeley wrote, via his Twitter account, “Jake Livermore misses out today with a tight hamstring so Molumby starts alongside Snodgrass. Furlong returns for Gardner-Hickman and Townsend stays in the back 3 with Reach outside him. Bartley only on the bench.”

Looked sharp

Livermore has been one of Ismael’s first names on the team sheet, but it has been unjustified, to say the least.

The Frenchman appears to play him just because he is the captain and not because of his football skills.

However, Molumby’s addition adds much-needed balance to this Baggies midfield.

He’s been the perfect link between the defence and the attack in today’s game and he’s combining well with the players around him.

Molumby has been pin point with his passes and even after Livermore returns, he should play alongside and not in place of him.

The 22-year-old clearly offers more to this Baggies side than Robert Snodgrass who’s endured yet another disappointing Championship outing.

In other West Brom news, the club are in talks over a new deal & remain hopeful that ‘Excellent’ sensation stays – The Athletic

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