Belfast Telegraph

Livermore looking for more chances

Jake Livermore has told manager Harry Redknapp that he is ready for a run in Tottenham's first team after impressing on his European debut this week.

Livermore, 21, bagged his first strike for the club on Thursday when he stroked home from 18 yards to score the third goal of the club's 5-0 Europa League play-off demolition of Hearts. The Enfield-born midfielder looked calm and assured as he put on a strong display in Luka Modric's absence to maintain his impressive pre-season form.

"Hopefully I can keep myself in the team now. I believe I am ready for the first team but it's just a matter of getting the chance," Livermore said.

Livermore has been sent on loan to no fewer than six Football League teams since he started his Spurs career in 2006, but he is now determined to stake a claim for a regular place in Redknapp's first XI, starting with Monday's trip to Manchester United.

Redknapp has already pinpointed Livermore as one of the players he intends to play regularly in the Europa League this season but a number of injuries in midfield may mean that he gets a run in the early stages of the club's Barclays Premier League campaign too.

The youngster admits that decision lies with Redknapp, but he is confident that he can deliver if called upon.

He added: "It's difficult to get in because we have such a strong squad throughout. It's hard for the manager.

"All you can do when you see your name on the team sheet is go out there and give it your all. You never know. We have a few injuries. I'll just have to wait and see."

Livermore broke forward regularly and linked up well with the rest of Tottenham's forwards in what was a brutal display of attacking football on Thursday. Redknapp spoke in glowing terms about the midfielder after the match and another person impressed by Livermore was opening goalscorer Rafael van der Vaart.

"Jake did fantastically and that's always good to see," the Dutchman said. "Luka is not playing at the moment but we had Livermore and (Niko) Kranjcar in there, he was fantastic too so it's a big compliment to those players."

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