According to an interview he and his agent have done with Austrian newspaper Kurier, West Ham United attacker Marko Arnautovic is ready to leave the club in search of Champions League football, opening the door to move to a club like Liverpool.
Well, speaking to Kurier while on international duty the 29-year-old is reported to have said:
“It’s clear that I want to compete with the best players. But in this affair I totally trust my brother.”
His brother Danijel added:
“He’s a big part of West Ham’s team but I think it’s possible to tease out more of him. For that to happen, he has to play for a top team. Marko is ready for the next step. A player like him should not play against relegation. He should play for the international spots.”
The forward’s career with the east London outfit didn’t get off to the best of starts as he was dismissed on his second Premier League appearance for them, but he has gone from strength to strength since featuring in a centre-forward role.
Firstly, the 6ft 3in tall Arnautovic and his agent are keen on a club playing in – and with a chance of regularly qualifying for – the Champions League, and the Merseyside club certainly fit the bill and could match his ambitions.
The 29-year-old can be something of an enigma at times, but there is no doubt of his huge talent – he has 16 goals and nine assists in 46 appearances in all competitions for the Hammers – or the fact that he gives 100% on the pitch for his team on the pitch.
Jurgen Klopp’s men could certainly do with a little bit more strength in depth up top – especially with outcast Divock Origi’s future in doubt, Daniel Sturridge not guaranteed to stay beyond his contract expiring in June and Dominic Solanke needing more experience – and Arnautovic would not only provide some quality competition for Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah through the middle, but he is also more than capable of playing out wide, too.