Liverpool’s on loan forward Victor Moses has spoken out about his desire to play more games for Liverpool. The Nigerian forward who was named Nigeria’s Footballer of the year for 2013 told the Liverpool Echo that he wants to play more, just like any other player on the bench.
“The main thing is to be on the pitch and enjoy football. That’s always been on my mind – to play games,” Moses said.
“There was only a little spell at Wigan when I first signed there and I wasn’t in the team every week.
“I’ve always gone to places for the football, places where I’m going to play. By playing, you learn.
“It might seem I’ve been around for a long time but I’m still only 22.
“I think I can develop a lot more but I realise to achieve that I’ve got to play as much as possible.”
Moses joined Liverpool on a season long loan from Chelsea as Brendan Rodgers looked to add more attacking options to the side having missed out on signing Henrik Mkhitaryan, Willian and Diego Costa. Moses started six matches in a row for Liverpool this season but has had to settle for a place on the bench for the last four games.
The former Wigan man is best suited to playing out wide but he went through a spell for Liverpool when Philippe Coutinho was injured, when he played in the middle in the number 10 role; something that did not work out for the player and the manager.
“When you’re in the middle the ball comes to you more often – but usually there are more players around to stop you,” Moses added.
“On the wing sometimes you can drift in and out of the game depending on how things are going.
“But you have more space so when the ball does come, you have a better chance of causing problems.
“At the end of the day you have to find a way to influence the game wherever you are playing.
“But you also need to be aware of the team’s tactical plan.
“The first aim is to do the job the manager is asking you to do.”
Brendan Rodgers has been guilty of playing players out of position. Fabio Borini is an out-and-out striker but Rodgers has played him out wide, resulting in him failing to perform at Liverpool and subsequently being sent out on loan to Sunderland. Iago Aspas is another central striker that Rodgers has played out wide and that experiment has also failed. More recently we have seen the plan to play Moses down the middle not working out.
If Victor Moses can be played in his best position on the left flank, then he will prove to be a very good player for Liverpool. Whether Liverpool decide to sign Moses on a permanent basis largely depends on his performances for the Reds, and for him to showcase that, he needs more game time.