Livesey started his career at Bolton, and made his league debut at the Reebok in a 3–2 defeat versus Liverpool at 17 (one of the youngest Premiership and Wanderers players ever). He only made one more league appearance and a couple of cup appearances, and joined Rochdale and Notts County on loan in 2003 and 2004, respectively. After this he joined Blackpool on loan, but in his debut he suffered a serious injury and returned to the Trotters.
On Christmas Eve 2004, Livesey signed for Carlisle, who were then in the Conference and since joining has played a major part in the clubs rise to League One and in August 2007, signed a contract extension until 2010. Livesey was named in the League One 2007–08 team of the year. He was also awarded the captaincy due to Paul Thirlwell's injury problems. On 4 June 2012, Livesey signed a new 1 year deal with Carlisle United with the option of a further year.