Michail Antonio sends strong warning message to Liverpool ahead of midweek clash
With their victory over Bournemouth, West Ham was able to escape the relegation zone. When they play Liverpool in the middle of the week, they will be trying to preserve their top-flight place.
By defeating Liverpool on Wednesday, “buzzing” West Ham will ensure their Premier League survival, according to Michail Antonio.
The Jamaican striker added that winning the Europa Conference League and remaining in the top flight will allow David Moyes’ team to deliver a “unbelievable” end to a difficult season.
The Hammers, who briefly battled with relegation, have now lost only once in ten games, regaining their explosive form from a year ago and moving six points clear of the relegation zone.
Next month, as they attempt to win their first trophy since 1980, the Hammers take on AZ Alkmaar in a second straight European semifinal.
In sharp contrast to the poor food offered for the majority of the campaign, the feel-good aspect is uplifting. Pablo Fornals’ scorpion kick was one of eight players who contributed to the four goals at Bournemouth, which let Moyes cap off a “excellent week” by sending Hammers supporters home happy.
His team overcame a two-goal deficit against Arsenal and went on to score ten goals. Also, Antonio, who opened the scoring at Vitality Stadium, claimed: “It has clicked overall and since the beginning of the year. Before that, we hadn’t been the best overall.
“It has been a long hard season, this has settled the boys. It draws us away from the pack giving a cushion away from those in the relegation zone. It’s a good turn around from the week and we keep the momentum going as obviously we are trying to win the cup now.
“This last month of the season with the semi-final can become unbelievable, I feel another win secures Premier League for next year. We’re buzzing.”
West Ham now sit in 13th place on 34 points. Declan Rice, who netted his second goal in two games, reckoned they still need two wins from their final seven games to be super safe.
“The benchmark is 40 points, so it is important we don’t get too comfortable,” said the England midfielder. “We have Liverpool next and we relish those kinds of nights.”