Jake get­ting back in the swing of it

Birmingham Post - - SPORT -

JAKE Liver­more was itch­ing for in­ter­na­tional ac­tion with Eng­land af­ter play­ing down the rea­sons be­hind his re­cent break at Al­bion.

“I missed one of the (league) games due to hav­ing some time off and the man­ager hav­ing the lux­ury of a deep enough squad to change,” said the mid­fielder.

“We’ve got a great squad (at West Brom). I didn’t get much time off in the summer and it was just a slight break in giv­ing me a rest.”

There had been wide­spread con­cern for Liver­more’s well­be­ing af­ter Bag­gies boss Tony Pulis left him out of the squad to face West Ham last month.

“Phys­i­cally he is fine but, men­tally, he just feels a lit­tle bit tired,” Pulis said. “We don’t want to risk him go­ing into a deeper, deeper, deeper hole.”

The head coach has since ad­mit­ted he used the wrong choice of words and said: “I should have just said he had a ham­string in­jury and that would have stopped all the press and spec­u­la­tion.’’

All is well in the Liver­more camp as the 28-year-old pre­pares for this week’s in­ter­na­tion­als.

Most of Liver­more’s caps have come this year un­der Gareth South­gate, who has named him in all four of his squads as per­ma­nent Eng­land man­ager.

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