Liverpool loanee targets Goodison triumph
ANDRE Wisdom is especially eager to record a positive result at Everton tomorrow night as the Liverpool loanee makes a return to Merseyside.
The right-back joined the Throstles in the summer on a season-long loan deal from Anfield, where he rose through the Academy ranks as a youngster.
That makes tomorrow’s trip to Goodison Park (8pm ko) a particularly special occasion for Wisdom, who has made 21 first-team starts for the Reds to date.
“It’s an important game, clearly Liverpool v Everton is one of the biggest derbies in the Premier League,” said the Leeds-born 21-year-old.
“So it would be good if we did beat them.
“But I’m playing for Albion now, and we’ll take the game as seriously as any other. We’ll do our best and hopefully get a result away from home.
“I’ve played at Goodison Park before with Liverpool. It’s quite a hostile ground, I was playing for the red side at the time.
“But I’m just concentrating on the game now, I’ll zone all of that out and give the best I can.”
Wisdom has started 20 of Albion’s 21 league games this season since swapping Anfield for The Hawthorns, only missing October’s 2-1 defeat to the Reds as he was unable to face his parent club.
It has been a step up testing himself among England’s elite having spent last term on loan at Derby, helping the Rams reach the Championship play-off final at Wembley before tasting an agonising defeat to QPR.
Wisdom said: “So far it (being out on loan) has been a good experience.
“The Championship last year was very good and we nearly crossed the finishing line by getting promoted but that didn’t happen.
“I’ve come here to Albion and the Premier League, it’s a different level altogether. I’ve been an ever-present in the games and I’ve learnt a lot so far, I’ve got so much to learn.
“I just need to keep learning and keep working hard in training to continue to progress.
“It’s hard to say where I’ve improved, I could say I’ve improved in this area or that area and others may think I haven’t.
“But personally I think I’ve improved tactically, my understanding of the game, the different opposition and wingers you come up against. So I’m always learning.”