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Michail Antonio has boldly claimed that West Ham will finish above Liverpool in the Premier League this season.
West Ham, who are enjoying a brilliant start to the campaign, have lost just once in their opening five games despite losing captain Declan Rice earlier this summer.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team have started the season just as well, boasting an unbeaten record so far and are currently three points ahead of the Hammers.
And Antonio is so confident of a result at the weekend that he believes the Europa Conference League champions will finish ahead of Liverpool.
Michail Antonio (left) has boldly claimed that West Ham will finish above Mohamed Salah’s (right) Liverpool in the Premier League this season
‘I am backing myself over Liverpool,’ Antonio said on the Footballer’s Football Podcast. ‘You know what, I think we are going to finish higher than Liverpool this season. I’m putting it out there.
Antonio (bottom) made the bold claim on the Footballer’s Football Podcast with Newcastle striker Callum Wilson (top)
‘I watched the game [Wolves vs Liverpool] because it was before our game and Wolves could have run away with it! They had quite a few opportunities. We’ve got them this weekend and it’s a six-pointer. We’ve got them!’
In response to the prediction, Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson said: ‘Michail, wake up. I think he’s having one of those dreams again.’
There is also a possibility that West Ham and Liverpool could meet in the latter stages of the Europa League should both teams advance far enough into the competition.
However, Wilson is unconvinced Liverpool will prioritise the competition above the Premier League, hinting that a meeting with West Ham would be unlikely.
Wilson added: ‘This year there are some big teams in the competition, the likes of Liverpool. I don’t see you winning it this year, but I wish you all the success.’
But when pushed for a prediction on who he thinks will win the Europa League, Wilson joked: ‘West Ham! I don’t want to be too harsh on West Ham because it’s only Michail I don’t like, not the West Ham fans.’
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