West Bromwich Albion midfielder Jake Livermore has insisted ‘they won’t rest on their laurels’ despite having a healthy 11 point gap over third placed Fulham in the Championship promotion race.
As reported by the Express & Star, Livermore has stated his determination for the Baggies to get back to winning ways in their fiercely anticipated derby against Birmingham City on Saturday lunchtime.
Albion currently sit in second place in the division, behind Leeds United on goal difference and they put in their worst performance of the season as they drew 1-1 away at lowly Wigan Athletic.
“We’d much rather have it than not,” the captain said when asked about the gap to third place. “This league is relentless though, in seven days that lead could be cut down.”
“In many respects, it means absolutely nothing. We’ll start every game thinking we’re 11 points behind, that’s the way we’ll look at it. I’ll be doing all I can inside the dressing room to instil that in all of us. It’s a nice gap, but it’s nowhere near enough for what I want to try and install in this squad.”
Livermore also explained how a good pre-season has put him in good stead for his new role in the team in which he has excelled alongside midfield partner Romaine Sawyers.
The former Tottenham man has made huge strides this campaign and he believes it is down to his pre-season regime. “Pre-seasons in the past have been difficult, for one reason or another, for myself,” he continued.
“I’ve either been changing club or there’s been international duty, or there have been injuries. I had an injury towards the end of last season that ruled me out of the play-offs. That’s still hurting me now.”
“All over the summer that was my main goal – to get fit, have a good pre-season and a good start to the season. I looked at everything. I looked at my diet, the club have helped me, and outside the club I’ve been doing all I can to get into the best shape possible.”