Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi who is currently on loan at Stoke has revealed that he was not given a fair run during his first season at the club but hopes that after his loan spell he will be able to return to the club and push for a regular spot in the side.
Speaking to Stoke Sentinel, Assaidi said, “It was a frustrating season at Liverpool last year. I played in the Europa League, and no-one can say I didn’t do well, but I don’t think I really got a fair run in the team.
“Now I’m here and I feel I’ve played very well so far. In the beginning it was hard because I hadn’t played for a long time. I needed match time, and I will get better and better.
“I am here for a year, and after that I have two more years on my contract at Liverpool.
“I want to go back. I enjoy it there. It’s a very big club.
“I played and trained with some of the best players in the world. But I want them to want me back. If not, we will see what happens.
“Everyone wants to play at the highest level and if you are playing for Liverpool you want to stay. But a year is a long time, and I want to show Stoke my quality.”
Assaidi arrived at Liverpool in the summer of 2012 from Heerenveen and Brendan Rodgers described him as an exciting player at that time. The 25-year old Morocco international did not get much game time last season under Rodgers as the Liverpool manager looked to give Sterling and Suso more opportunities on Liverpool’s flanks. Assaidi managed 12 appearances for Liverpool with four of them coming in the League Cup.
Rodgers opted to send Assaidi out on loan this season to Stoke in the hope that the winger can get more regular playing time. He has not played as often at Stoke this season as we would have hoped for but hopefully as the season progress we will see more of Assaidi.
The winger is still determined to return to Liverpool and prove himself. It will be interesting to see what Brendan Rodgers does with Assaidi. Currently there is no room for any natural winger at Liverpool under the 3-5-2 formation. When Rodgers switches to a 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 formation then the need for wingers will be there and maybe players like Assaidi can get their chance. Raheem Sterling and Jordan Ibe or two young wingers currently at Liverpool and Assaidi will have to compete with these two when he return from Stoke. There are also rumours that Liverpool are lining up a move for Spanish winger Diego Capel. If Liverpool do go out and buy a more experienced winger then Assaidi’s days at Liverpool may be numbered.