Livermore’s timing proves to be perfect

IPSWICH TOWN: Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Jake Livermore’s full Blues debut could not have been timed better.

The 20-year-old Tottenham loanee is expected to face Leeds United in the Championship at Portman Road today (kick-off 3pm) as fellow midfielders David Norris and Luke Hyam are serving one-match suspensions.

When skipper Norris received his fifth booking of the season in the 83rd minute at Reading it came a couple of minutes after he had been severely spoken to by the referee for a similar heavy challenge.

After carrying four bookings around with him since the fifth game of the season, missing a home game before a two-week international break is not the worst scenario for the central all-action man.

Norris will come back with his discipline slate wiped clean and refreshed to lead Ipswich into the crucial battles that lie ahead.

In the short term Livermore, who almost scored with his first touch on his debut as second half substitute at Reading on Tuesday, is ready to step up to the plate.

And also improve Town’s goal output that saw just three league goals netted in September.

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“I’m not afraid to shoot, and hopefully I can get on the score sheet against Leeds,” said Livermore, who is on loan until January.

“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!”

After doing well in loan spells at Peterborough and Derby County, Livermore is thirsting to get some more first team football under his belt.

“There’s a lot of traffic at Tottenham, the squad is filled with internationals and good players, the likes of Jermaine Jenas and Tom Huddlestone are not guaranteed a first team place.

“It was in my interests and also Tottenham’s for me to go out and play.

“And I think the loan will work out well for all parties at Ipswich.

“It’s a key time for me, and there’s nothing like waking up on Saturday having pre-match and being ready to play in front of a big crowd.

“I’ve settled in well and have fully recovered from a bad injury.

“I broke my leg, and then my foot during the recovery process, and that was a big blow, mentally more than anything.

“That is out of the way now and last year was a big one, getting back playing and being around Tottenham’s success.”

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