Marko Arnautovic is enjoying a productive run for West Ham (Picture: Getty)West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic insists he is ‘not afraid’ of Virgil van Dijk and is ready to test himself against Liverpool’s £75m defender.
Van Dijk joined the Reds in January from Southampton in a deal that eclipsed the £50m Manchester City spent on Kyle Walker last summer.
Liverpool are enjoying a fine run and thrashed Porto 5-0 in the Champions League last week to put one foot in the draw for the quarter-finals.
But Arnautovic, who has scored eight goals this season, will do everything he can to ensure Liverpool – and Van Dijk – endure a difficult afternoon on Saturday.
‘I’m a football player and I have respect for every opponent, every defender and every team, but I’m not afraid of anyone and I’m not afraid to take them on and to make things happen,’ he told West Ham’s official website.
‘I’m fit and I will do my best like I always do. I played at Anfield twice when I was with Stoke and it’s a hard place to go, we all know that Liverpool is one of the best teams in the Premier League.
The Austrian has scored seven goals in his last 11 games (Picture: Getty)‘But I think we have also done well in the last few games and you can always make something happen. It’s not going to be easy, as it’s another Premier League game and we know football can be crazy.
‘It’s going to be hard, but they are all hard and we will go there and try to take something out of the game.
‘It doesn’t motivate me only because it is against one of the top teams, as I try to do my best to be at my maximum in every game but, in this game, we need not just one man to perform, but all eleven men to perform.’
West Ham ensured a dismal start to the 2017-18 campaign under Slaven Bilic but results have picked up since David Moyes was appointed manager in November.