Moyes wants West Ham pair to maintain momentum
PUBLISHED: 16:30 23 February 2018
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West Ham United boss David Moyes would love to see Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez maintain their fine form for the club against Liverpool at Anfield this weekend.
The Hammers return to action after a 14-day break with a tough trip to Merseyside to face Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
But Moyes has matchwinners in his armoury, with Mexican Hernandez and Austrian Arnautovic having netted in their most recent 2-0 win over Watford.
And he said: “Going to win at Anfield would be a big confidence booster. We’ve done quite well against the so-called bigger teams, we’ll have to do another really good job if we’re to get a result at Anfield.
“Marko has got the footballing ability and he’s certainly got the self-belief and that is needed when you’re a forward and you need that self-confidence and arrogance.
“If he keeps his form and doesn’t lose his focus and doesn’t want to go back to the way he was I think he could play for any team, he has shown that he can and long may that continue.
“I’m saying it because I want him to hear it because if I thought he was stepping any way back to the way he was, I’m not going to have it. I’ve told him that, he’s too good.
“His play has been consistent, his form has been good. He has contributed to scoring and making goals, his effort has been very good, with a very high work ethic on the pitch in the games. If he keeps that up we’ll be very happy.
“Javier has got himself in really good condition. He’s in a good place and overall his play has improved. I think we’ve improved as well and have got into a position where we’ve given him more opportunities, but there will be times for him and times not but recently he has done a great job for us.
“When I first came he had an injury for a month after coming back from Mexico, I don’t think he was in the best condition then. I think he has got himself in a much better conditions and he has seen himself going towards a World Cup and knows exactly what he is playing for as well.”
West Ham have taken 12 points from seven games in 2018 to climb the Premier League table and are unbeaten on their last three trips to Anfield, having drawn 2-2 last season, following a 0-0 draw in the FA Cup.
They ended a 52-year wait for a league win at Liverpool when claiming a 3-0 victory in August 2015, but Moyes has never finished on the winning side against the Reds.
He added: “It was a hard test when I was a young boy watching and it was Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish, even before that Liverpool was a hard test for any team.
“When I was a young coach, they were great, the football they played and the teams they had, it’s been no different for me as a manager.
“Over the years I’ve done my best to try and get as many wins against them, but it has been hard. Finishing above them in my last two years at Everton was nice.
“We want to get into the top 10, aim for that, but I can’t not say that not too far away is the relegation trapdoor so we’ve got to make sure we keep picking up points.
“We’ve got a couple of away games and then we might have six at home and three away between now and the end of the season and that’s why our supporters, our Stadium, us having good home form, is going to be a big part in us making sure we’re a Premier League club.
“We’ve had some good results away from home, we’ve done some good things recently and I hope if we can build on that we can maybe do a bit better.”