Jurgen Klopp spoke to reporters yesterday, and labelled West Ham ace Michail Antonio as sensational, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
The 30-year-old Hammers ace is currently out injured and is expected to be out for around a month (The Guardian).
Antonio has been in superb form since Premier League action resumed in June. He has scored 11 goals in his last 15 Premier League games for West Ham.
The former Nottingham Forest man is so important to the way in which the Hammers play. The 30-year-old leads the line with aplomb and his non-stop running and hassling of opposition defenders ensures that our opponents are never settled.
So losing Antonio for any period of time is obviously a real blow for West Ham.
And Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp told reporters yesterday how highly he rates the 30-year-old Hammers attacker, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo:
“Antonio has been sensational so far. They will miss him, it doesn’t help West Ham.”
West Ham head to Anfield to take on Liverpool this evening.
Sebastien Haller is expected to fill in for Antonio. And the Frenchman really needs to step up if he is to offer the Hammers the same as his injured teammate has done in the final third.
Haller is a different player to Antonio. So we must get Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals or Said Benrahma playing more narrow and closer to him. And the wing-backs need to push up more and get crosses into the box.
Hopefully that will get the best out of the 26-year-old Frenchman. If he plays, it is time to make a very big statement.
Whether he is capable of doing just that against the Premier League champions, however, remains to be seen.