The games, they come quick. Liverpool FC play again on Saturday and as they sweat on news about Joël Matip’s availability, their opponents West Ham United have had a injury boost of their own. Taken off shortly in the early stages of their 1-1 draw with Manchester City, there were initial fears that Antonio would be out for quite some time with (what else) a hamstring issue.
However, according to The Athletic’s West Ham United correspondent Roshane Thomas (on the U Irons Podcast), that initial fear has subsided, and he now thinks that “he should be fine for Liverpool but again, we’ll know more later in the week.”
With 3 goals in 6 games, the wing-back-turned-winger-now-striker has been an integral piece of David Moyes’ side that has experienced an resurgence since Project Restart. His relentless workrate, and improved efficiency in front of goal will be key for an organised West Ham team that’ll look to sit back and pick its battles.
Perhaps all we can do is take a page from our goalkeeper, and pray that Rhys Williams or whoever else is playing besides Joe Gomez can get a grip on this guy at Anfield this weekend.