Livermore hails influence of Tottenham team-mate Parker

The 22-year old midfielder believes that the England international has been a massive help for him, making him improve as a player as he looks to break into Spurs' first team
Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore has hailed Scott Parker as a massive influence on him and the team this season.

The England international has had an impressive year with Spurs, with consistent performances for the club throughout 2011-12, earning the captain’s armband for the Three Lions' friendly against the Netherlands in February.

Livermore admitted that competition for places has been tough but was happy to make 38 appearances in all competitions this season alongside the likes of Parker and Luka Modric.

"He's [Parker] made me a better player," the 22-year-old told Spurs' official website. 

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"Obviously Scott coming here added competition, however, I think it’s made me a better player, staying here, learning from him and playing alongside him.

"He’s taught me all about the timing of closing down, the timing of pressing and when to sit off and get into a shape.

"They’re little things you pick up on, little things that perhaps you can’t put your finger on and explain, but training with him and all the other players as well, day-in day-out, is the best education possible."