Jake Livermore has paid tribute to the influence of Tim Sherwood in helping the midfielder break through into the Tottenham first team this season.
Livermore played 38 times for Spurs this season as the north London club secured a top-four spot while also featuring heavily in their Europa League campaign.
Sherwood forms part of an experienced Spurs coaching team which includes former players Les Ferdiand, Pat Jennings and Clive Allen among others, and Livermore believes having that experience to call upon, especially from Sherwood, has helped improve his game.
“There have been some great Spurs players over the years and to play with some of them and work with people like Les Ferdinand, Tim Sherwood and Pat Jennings, another who is around the club every day, makes it a good place to be,” he told Hotspur magazine.
“I like talking with Tim, in particular, because he also played centre midfield.
"He’ll just tell you things, like little fine tweaks; we work on numerous situations day-in day-out and we go over videos of games. It’s good because it gives you confidence and you know that he’s trying to help you become a better player.
“A lot of credit goes to him this season with what he’s done for me and the persistence he’s shown as well because he’s been a great help and has invested a lot of time in me. So I’m thoroughly grateful to him, Chris Ramsey and Les."
Despite his improvements this season, Livermore may find first team football hard to come by next season with Scott Parker and Sandro ahead of him in the queue for a central midfield berth.
Despite finishing in a Champions League qualifier spot Spurs will feature in the Europa League once more next term after Chelsea’s victory in the Champions League final meant they take the fourth qualifying spot, which may represent his main opportunity to impress once more.