Town star delighted to be working with Keane

IPSWICH TOWN: Roy Keane may still have his critics but for one young hopeful playing under his management is like a dream come true.

IPSWICH TOWN: Roy Keane may still have his critics but for one young hopeful playing under his management is like a dream come true.

Jake Livermore is set to start today’s npower Championship game against Coventry City at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm) after impressing in his full Town debut against Leeds a fortnight ago.

The 20-year-old, who is loan from Premier League Tottenham Hotspur, is already looking to see if this can be extended.

And while there has been talk of training ground bust-ups and unease at times in the Town camp since Keane’s arrival, Livermore sees it as a huge plus to have the former Manchester United and republic of Ireland playing legend around.

“I’ve come here play games and help Ipswich win games,” said Livermore in today’s matchday programme.

“The chance to work with the manager though was another big pull.

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“He was one of the top midfielders in the game and playing in the same position, I feel I can only learn from being here and working every day on the training ground with him and his staff.”

Livermore has already made an impact at Portman Road, setting up Jason Scotland’s opener in the win against Leeds with an incisive pass to release the Trinidad international on goal.

With Town enjoying success this season after suffering their worst ever start to any campaign last term stories of unrest and discontentment are now a thing of the past.

Keane cleared the decks during the summer, and after building a nice platform over the opening 10 Championship games has a platform to go and make an impact this season.

And Livermore wants to be part of that.

He went on: “I spoke to fellow Tottenham player Andros Townsend when I knew I had the chance to come here and he had only good things to say about the club and the staff.

“I’m certainly enjoying it at the moment. There is a good set up.

“For a lot of people Ipswich Town is a Premier League club. The facilities are first class and there is a good fan base.

“It’s a big club and hopefully I can do my bit to help the team have a good season.

“I’m here until January but if both parties agree, then I’d certainly be happy to stay here longer but we will have to wait and see what happens.”

Livermore played against Town in the Championship while on loan at Derby and Peterborough last season and knows what to expect week in, week out at this level.

“It’s a really tough league. The games come thick and fast and it seems that any club can beat any other,” adds the Enfield born midfielder.

“Clubs get a couple of decent results on the trot and the table gets turned on its head. It’s a very unpredictable league but an exciting, competitive one and there are some really good players in the Championship as well.

“I’m looking forward to it.”

Keane travelled to Scotland on Tuesday with a couple of members of his coaching staff to watch world champions Spain in action.

“It was a joy to watch, and it was a treat for me,” said Keane.

“Spain may have been missing a few key players but you could see why they are current champions of Europe and won this summer’s World Cup.

“They were brilliant to watch.”

Keane is not getting carried away by the good start that Ipswich have made having conceded just nine goals in their opening 10 league games.

At this stage last year - when they were still waiting theri first win of the campaign - Town hade conceded over 20 goals.

“We have a platform and we are doing okay with all the players deserving credit.

“The goals are not flowing at the other end as much as we would like, but we are looking solid and a 1-0 or 2-1 will do me against Coventry.”

“We’ve given ourselves a chance but there will be plenty of ups and downs along the way.”

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