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2012-12-07T08:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T01:35:54

Van revved up for Reds

Modibo Maiga believes West Ham United can beat Liverpool on Sunday if they can produce the same level of performance as they did in last weekend's win over Chelsea.

The Mali striker - nicknamed Van - netted his fourth goal in claret and blue to secure the Hammers' 3-1 victory over Rafael Benitez's side. The goal gave him a huge boost in confidence just six days after he was replaced after just half-an-hour at Tottenham Hotspur.

Giving his first-ever interview in English, Maiga said West Ham would go into Sunday's game believing they can net another victory over one of the Barclays Premier League's established clubs.

"I think we can get three points if we play the same way we did in the second half against Chelsea because it was much better," said the No11. "If we find the same level of performance against Liverpool, it will be OK and no problem!

"We are very happy because we had lost two games and we came into a very important game and we won it. There were very big celebrations after the game because we were playing against Chelsea and it's not normal to beat Chelsea! We played a very good game in the second half and scored three goals so we were very happy.

"I had a big chance and it was good for me and good for the team that I took it. It has been a difficult time for me but I'm good. It was very important for my confidence and the next game that I scored my goal."

Maiga also had words of support for fellow forwards Carlton Cole, who netted his first goal of the season against Chelsea, and Andy Carroll, who faces a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

"Carlton put in a top performance. I gave him big congratulations for his performance and I am very happy for him. I wish Andy good luck with his injury and I hope he is back soon."

While Maiga's footballing fortunes are improving, so is his English. Having arrived on these shores without a word of the language, the 25-year-old is now able to hold conversations with his team-mates.

"English is not a very hard language to learn like French, which is very, very hard. It's going fine! Now, I can speak it slowly and not too much, but it is OK!"

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