When Liverpool signed Victor Moses on loan from Chelsea at the start of the season, many fans expected a lot from the Nigerian forward but we have all been disappointed, none more so than former Liverpool striker John Aldridge.
Aldo was writing in his column this week and aired his disappointments with Moses and went as far as saying that Liverpool should cut his loan short and send him back to Chelsea before the season is over, if that is possible.
One may say that Moses has not been given enough opportunities to play at Liverpool but I can bet you he has gotten many more chances at Liverpool this season than he would have gotten if he had stayed at Chelsea. One can lay a bit of blame to Moses’ poor Liverpool form to Brendan Rodgers.
When Coutinho was injured earlier on in the season, Liverpool lacked a player to play behind Sturridge and Suarez who was capable of linking up play between midfield and attack. Rodgers decided to play Moses in that ‘number 10′ position and that proved to be a big mistake and Moses looked lost there. Victor is best suited to playing out wide in attack and not down the middle; maybe that affected Moses to the extent that he has never managed to regain decent enough form.
Coutinho returned from injury and all was well again and Moses was relegated back to the bench and used very sparingly by the Liverpool boss. The FA Cup tie against Oldham on Sunday could have been Moses’ last game in a Liverpool shirt as he was given a rare chance to start but was a huge flop. Rodgers had to take Moses off at half-time as he was simply not good enough. Aldridge said, “The Nigeria international could have no complaints about being hauled off at half-time of Sunday’s 2-0 win over Oldham. He looked completely disinterested in that opening 45 minutes and gave the manager little option.
“There was no desire, no spirit. Maybe he’s lacking a bit of confidence or maybe he’s just unhappy because he’s played so little recently.
“But he certainly doesn’t look like he’s in the right frame of mind. He can’t complain about not being in the team after that performance. You have to command a place and he failed to stake any type of claim.”
So where to now for Moses at Liverpool? One thing is clear, I can not see Brendan Rodgers wanting to make his loan spell from Chelsea permanent as he simply is not good enough for Liverpool. With the return from injury of Sturridge and the rise in form of Sterling, coupled with glimpses of promise from Aspas and the potential arrival of Mohamed Salah from Basel, Moses is set to spend the rest of his loan spell on the Liverpool bench.
It is a real shame though considering that he has a lot of potential and promise but has not been able to show it in the Red shirt. He is not the first to have whittled from playing for Liverpool, do Diouf and Diao ring a bell? Let us not forget that Moses was named the BBC African Footballer of the year in 2013, meaning that he is actually a good player. With our luck, watch him go on an have a blinder of a World Cup for Nigeria in Brazil!