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Livermore recharging batteries

ALBION will make changes for Wednesday’s Manchester City Carabao Cup tie - but Jake Livermore will be given more time to take a breather from the front-line.

Head Coach Tony Pulis rested the England international for the goalless draw against West Ham on Saturday after discussions with Jake about his energy levels.

Livermore has been a victim of his own success this year, having been in non-stop action for both club and country since signing for the Baggies in January.

Impressive performances saw the midfielder recalled for Three Lions duty in March and he again featured in mid-June before taking a short summer break and returning to pre-season duty with the Baggies in early July.

England’s World Cup qualifiers meant Livermore was again in action earlier this month during the international period, yet he will return at the end of this week fresh and raring to go.

Livermore said on social media: "Just to clarify the club (both management and medical) made the decision it was the right and only time to take few days off to rest my body.

"I hadn't had this time in summer due to international duties and then myself wanting to do a full pre-season with my then new team-mates.

"All is good in the Livermore house hold but thanks for those who showed concerns."

Speaking after Saturday's point against the Hammers, Pulis explained: “We checked all of Jake's running stats and his data and he had dropped off a bit. So we giving him a couple of days off.

"We could have done with his energy against West Ham with the way the game went. We could have done with Jake.

“I think for the first time going away with England during the summer and then having these two call-ups, I think playing all the time has really, really taken it out of the boy.”

Pulis added: “He won't play on Wednesday. But hopefully he will be ready to face Arsenal on Monday.

“He will be in on Thursday because we play Monday night. He'll have a couple of days away from it.”

Tickets for Albion's third-round Carabao Cup tie against Manchester City at The Hawthorns on Wednesday (ko 8pm) are on general sale.

Prices will be reduced to £15 adults and £10 concessions up to the day of the game, when they will then cost £20 adults and £15 concessions.

Tickets can be purchased online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

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