Declan Rice praises Michail Antonio after West Ham draw with Liverpool

West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice reserved special praise for teammate Michail Antonio after his side’s 1-1 draw with Premier League leaders Liverpool at the London Stadium on Monday night.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Irons went into the clash against Jurgen Klopp’s men having suffered three successive defeats against Bournemouth, AFC Wimbledon and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively, and were looking to bounce back against their Merseyside opponents.

Despite falling behind early on to a Sadio Mane goal – which shouldn’t have counted given James Milner was clearly offside in the build-up – the hosts fought back well and Antonio got on the score-sheet following a clever free-kick routine, and they certainly had other chances to take all three points, including a headed effort by Rice.

Speaking to whufc.com post-match, the 20-year-old picked out his attacking teammate as one of the top performers on the night: “Mick was outstanding. Some of the stuff he was doing, like bringing down Lukasz’s goal kicks and switching the play… When Mick is confident, he is unplayable and you saw that and I’m delighted for him.”

How good was Antonio?

He was certainly very impressive, as he has been at various points during the current campaign.

The 28-year-old has featured in a number of different roles including at right-back, on the wing and as a centre-forward this term, and you certainly can never fault his work-rate and effort – and it was the same case on Monday.

Antonio held the ball up and used it well against tough opposition, and of course got the goal that meant that his side got the point they deserved.

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