Jurgen Klopp has singled out Stoke City’s 26-year-old for individual praise ahead of tonight’s League Cup semi-final.
Our German boss knows Marko Arnautovic very well from his time in the Bundesliga, and was keen on congratulating the Potters attacker for his improvement.
This term, he’s scored seven Premier League goals in 17 appearances and registered three assists – establishing himself as one of the most exciting wingers of the 2015/16 campaign. His thunderbolt against Manchester United was a particular highlight.
The Austrian moved to Stoke for just £2m in 2013 from Werder Bremen, but has previously only ever been a rotation option before really coming of age this term.
As a result of his form, he’s even been linked with a January move to European behemoths PSG in the Daily Mirror, which goes some way in explaining his development.
Arnautovic might just be on a hot streak of form, but on the surface, he looks exactly the kind of player we need right now. He’s quick and powerful, scores goals – but is a real worker too – aided by his height and strength.
In this aspect he’s a far cry from our diminutive playmakers who’ve rarely troubled the scorers this term.