West Ham United are back in action away to Liverpool in the Premier League this evening, with the Hammers set to face a tough test against the Merseyside outfit at Anfield, with manager David Moyes having dubbed it “as hard a place to go in the world” such is the difficulty of getting a positive result.
The visitors could well have something of a secret weapon in their ranks who could help bolster their chances of securing the points, however, with striker Michail Antonio boasting an impressive individual record against the Reds in his career thus far.
The 32-year-old has scored five goals in just 11 meetings with today’s opponents in all competitions, having proven himself something of a thorn in the side of Jurgen Klopp’s side over the years, memorably netting in a 2-2 draw between the two sides away from home back in December 2016.
While the £9m-rated man has lost his place in the side in recent weeks in the top-flight as a result of the form of summer signing Gianluca Scamacca – having failed to start the club’s past three league games – it could well be an ideal opportunity for the Jamaica international to be thrust back into action.
Despite somewhat falling down the pecking order of late, the £85k-per-week gem still has a respectable goalscoring return so far this term, having scored four goals and provided two assists in 14 games in all competitions.
The Irons’ top goalscorer in the Premier League era has been a consistently reliable figure for the London Stadium outfit over the years, despite having never been truly prolific, with an impressive record of ten league goals in each of the last three seasons.
His return to the starting lineup could well be the boost that Moyes’ men are in need of to help get a result, with the former Nottingham Forest man the type of player who can be “frightening” for the opposition, as pundit Harry Redknapp has previously stated.
The six-cap speedster’s involvement may not necessarily have to come at the expense of the aforementioned Scamacca, with there potentially a world in which the two men could line up in attack together, with the West Ham boss having previously suggested he could “consider” that attacking approach.
There had been obvious frustration at the weekend as Antonio was brought on off the bench in place of the Italy international, rather than partnering the two together, particularly with the London-born star’s versatility enabling him to feature all across the front line and not solely as a centre-forward.
Against an opposition whom the 5 foot 11 sensation has regularly tormented over the years, he no doubt warrants a recall to the starting XI – ideally alongside his towering teammate.