On the subject of Livermore, Masi had this to say about the midfielder and what the upcoming 2021/22 Championship campaign could look like for him.
He said: “What I would say is, I’ve got no doubt that Livermore, the professional that he is, will get himself in the best possible shape he can possibly be in and I am genuinely expecting him to thrive under Ismael, I think he will.
“I think he’ll be that player that we saw from August to March that season before we went into lockdown.”
West Brom signed Livermore back in the 2017 January transfer window from Hull City for around a reported fee of £10m. Since then, the 31-year-old, who is currently valued at £2.25 million, has made 157 appearances for the Baggies across all competitions in which he has managed to score seven goals and provide nine assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Joe Masi’s comments on Livermore and next season…
Given how the midfielder only made 18 appearances for the Baggies in the Premier League last season and ultimately earned himself a disappointing overall rating of 6.17/10, making him one of the club’s lowest-rated players according to WhoScored, it’s understandable why the question of Livermore’s future was a topic of discussion.
Do you think Livermore will be an important player under Ismael?
In our view, if Livermore does prove himself to new Baggies manager Valerien Ismael ahead of the new season, as Masi believes he can do, then there should be no doubts over his future at The Hawthorns, unless he can’t put in good performances on the pitch on a consistent basis – in which case, the club may be better off moving him on, in our view.