Having handed Theo Walcott his first league start while at Southampton, Harry Redknapp knows a thing or two about blooding talented youngsters at the right time, and midfielder Jake Livermore is hoping this season will be his chance to shine, as he awaits his first league start in a Tottenham Hotspur shirt.
Loan spells at Derby County, Peterborough United, Ipswich Town and latterly Leeds United have seen Livermore's opportunities at White Hart Lane limited to just a single substitute appearance against Arsenal in the Carling Cup.
However, after Spurs salvaged a Europa League spot after they finished fifth in the Barclays Premier League, combined with Livermore's impressive pre-season in the heart of Redknapp's midfield, the 21-year-old is itching for the chance to impress.
"I'm hoping the Europa League can be a little shop window for me where I can get some games and show the manager what I can do," Livermore said.
"Hopefully from there I can start getting some Premier League starts and cement a place."
Livermore was a frustrated spectator as Tottenham took on the might of AC Milan and Real Madrid in the Champions League last season, two clubs draped in history having won 16 European Cups between them.
This season however, despite the slightly inferior opposition on offer, Livermore is still keen to pit himself against the best on the continent.
"Obviously you want to test yourself against those sorts of players," he added.
"As a kid you either want to play for them or against those sorts of teams. It was good to watch the lads play them."
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