Jake Livermore: Tottenham was the only option for me
Jake Livemore says Tottenham Hotspur was the midfielder's preferred destination to pursue a career in the Premier League
Jake Livermore insists he has no regrets about joining Tottenham Hotspur after the midfielder enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season at White Hart Lane.
The 22-year-old joined Tottenham’s youth academy in 2006 before spending loans spells at Leeds United, Ipswich Town and Peterborough Town.
Livermore, who attracted interest from Arsenal before joining Spurs, managed to force his way in Harry Redknapp’s side and make 24 appearances last term, despite fierce competition from Luka Modrić, Scott Parker and Sandro.
“It had to be Tottenham, it couldn’t have been anywhere else – and, thankfully, Spurs also wanted me,” he told Tottenham’s website. “I’m proud to be a Spurs player and when I was 16 and told that they would take me on full-time, I could not have been happier.
“I was also fortunate that all the family love Spurs, including my father and uncle who were particularly keen. And my mother Heather was a major influence in those early days when she would just tell me to believe, make it happen and be worthy of it when it did.
“So I shared my dream with all of them and their delight in seeing me get this far makes it even better for me. I’ve always been a confident type of person and I agree that that’s certainly helped me along the way but you still need people behind you and I’m glad that I was able to justify their belief.
“When you’re growing up you have so many friends and players you’re playing with who don’t make it and it’s difficult because you sometimes think that you’ll be one of them. But I owe a lot to my family to keeping me going and keeping me strong.”