Livermore raring to go

JAKE Livermore has saved a few goals in his locker for Ipswich Town, hopefully starting with tomorrow’s visit of fragile Leeds United.

Midfielder Livermore, on loan from Tottenham, made his Town debut at Reading on Tuesday and almost scored with one of first touches in a 1-0 defeat.

Now the 20-year-old is poised to make his full debut tomorrow, due to the absence of fellow midfielders David Norris and Luke Hyam through suspension. He may not have played much football in recent months, but he has declared himself ready and raring to go.

“I haven’t played much competitive football for the last six months, but I’ve been keeping fit and I feel fit,” insisted Livermore.

“I’ve been playing games in-house, back at Spurs, the fitness coach here is brilliant and yes, I’m ready to go.

“I’d like to think there is an opening for me this weekend, with David Norris and Luke Hyam being suspended. Hopefully I can slot in with these opportunities.

“It would be great to make my full debut at home, in front of a big crowd at Portman Road.

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“I like to get forward and I like to put energy into the game. I’ve got goals in my game, and I’ve saved a few for Ipswich!” added Livermore.

Norris picked up his fifth booking of the season at Reading, on the same night as teenager Hyam was dismissed for two bookable offences, so both are suspended tomorrow.

Manager Roy Keane might revert to a 4-4-2 formation for the visit of Leeds, who were walloped 6-4 by visiting Preston in midweek, having tended to favour just one front-man for away games.

It is likely that Livermore will be given a central midfield role alongside Grant Leadbitter, with a choice of two from three – Connor Wickham, Jason Scotland and Tamas Priskin – leading the front-line.

Livermore has only made a couple of appearances for Tottenham, once as a late substitute against Stoke City at the back end of last season, and the other for the first 45 minutes of the 4-1 defeat to north London rivals Arsenal in the Carling Cup earlier this month.

He has also had his share of serious injuries, including a broken leg sustained while playing in a pre-season game for loan club Crewe against Wrexham in the summer of 2008.

But he has had considerable experience of playing in the Championship, during loan spells at Derby and Peterborough last term.

“I had a bad injury a couple of seasons ago,” confirmed Livermore.

“I broke my leg, and then I broke my foot on the recovery to that.

“It was a big blow to me at the time, mentally more than anything. Hopefully I’ve got it out of the way now and I won’t have too many more injuries throughout my career.

“Last year was a big year for me, getting back playing and being around Tottenham’s success.

”The main thing is playing football, and last season it was a big thing for me to go out and play. I want to do the same this year and hopefully do well for Ipswich.

“It’s a key time for me,” added Livermore.

Keane has not been slow to give his youngsters a chance to shine in the first team - Wickham, Hyam, Tom Eastman, Reggie Lambe and Troy Brown spring to mind - a fact not lost on Livermore, who does not turn 21 until November.

“Some managers take a risk and give young players a chance, and it looks like the gaffer here does that, which is great.

“I’m surprised by the number of young players here, but I think there’s a good balance at Ipswich. It’s a good blend,” concluded Livermore.

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