Michail Antonio has issued an apology following some bizarre statements he made earlier on in the season. 

It seems like every other week Michail Antonio has said something that frustrates West Ham fans. His podcast with fellow Premier League striker Callum Wilson is resented by both Hammers and Geordies. 

However, one of his most baffling comments came ahead of his side’s clash with Liverpool back in September. “You know what, I think we are going to finish higher than Liverpool this season. I’m putting it out there,” he claimed. “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!” 

Obviously, this came at a time when the Hammers were flying but, even then, it is an outrageous thing to come out and say – it was always going to come back to bite him and that it did as Liverpool won the game 3-1. Not only that, West Ham went on to lose 5-1 to them in the Carabao Cup and Jurgen Klopp’s side currently sit top of the Premier League.

Fortunately, Antonio recognises how ludicrous his beliefs were and has now apologised for what he said. “Before we move forwards I have got something to say,” he began. “At the beginning of the season I said a comment. It was a bit wild. It was very wild. I said that there was a possibility that West Ham Could finish above Liverpool this year. I’m not going to lie, I said it was my chest.”

“They weren’t gelling at all together, I believed we were going to be sixth or seventh. There was so many stats about Klopp having seven or eight years and then having a blip, it was one of those things. I was obviously deluded at the time. So I am going to have to hand out a public apology to the Liverpool fans and the Liverpool players. I take it back.”