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Livermore 'excited' by HK return for Asia Trophy

19 July 2017

JAKE Livermore is excited about his third taste of Premier League Asia Trophy action having returned to Hong Kong for the pre-season tournament.

The England international midfielder was in Beijing when his then Tottenham side lifted the trophy in 2009, and played in it again in 2013 as Spurs finished in third place in Hong Kong.

And he is ready for his latest Asia Trophy venture as Albion prepare to take on Leicester City on Wednesday (ko 11am UK).

"I came here to Hong Kong with Spurs four years ago for the same Premier League Asia Trophy," said Livermore.

"It's a brilliant tournament and I'm really excited about coming back, it's a great place."

He added: "With it being a night flight to get here, it wasn't actually too bad. We've had a lot of travelling and been up early but it's all part and parcel of pre-season. The lads have taken to it quite well.

"So far it has been very wet! And it was actually like that last time I was here as well. "But we still get the training in, and we did our base work in Austria.

"I'm sure it will be fine and the manager will put us through our paces, as he likes to do."

Since the end of last season, Livermore has not struggled to maintain his fitness levels over the summer having been away with England on international duty.

Just weeks after taking on Scotland and France, Livermore linked up with his Baggies team-mates to undergo Tony Pulis' demanding pre-season fitness camp in the Austrian Alps.

And Livermore now finds himself in Hong Kong - but he wouldn't have it any other way.

"At the end of the day, it's important to get a good pre-season under your belt and to obviously represent your country is an opportunity you can't turn down," he said.

"I'm more than happy to be in this position than not."

He continued: "I haven't had too much time time off so I haven't had too much chance to get out of shape or lose that fitness.

"Austria was absolutely fantastic fitness-wise, it's given us all a great base. We're looking to get sharper from now on in until the start of the season."


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