Liverpool have completed the signing of 22 year-old Chelsea winger Victor Moses on a season-long loan for a fee believed to be around £1m. The Nigerian International joins the Merseyside club after a successful year at Chelsea, where he played a total of 43 games, scored 10 goals, and helped Chelsea win their Europa League trophy in addition to a third place finish in the Premier League.
Prior to Chelsea, Moese played 74 games in his two years at Wigan. Chelsea bought Moses from Wigan Athletic last summer for roughly £10m, but the winger – who can also double up as a forward – didn’t get too many playing minutes at his new club. Although Moses featured in 23 Premier League games for Chelsea, he only played four full games in the competition. He was a second-half substitute for eleven games, and was subbed off for the remaining eight.
Moses did fairly well for Chelsea at European competitions as well. He played an important role in helping Chelsea win last season’s Europa League with four goals in six games, including two in both semi-final legs against 2012 Swiss Champions FC Basel. Moses scored a last-second winner for Chelsea at a Champions League group-stage game against Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk. as well
In addition to scoring two goals, Moses provided three assists in the three 2012-13 Capital One Cup matches in which he featured for Chelsea. He also scored twice for Chelsea in last season’s FA Cup. Internationally, Moses has scored four goals and assisted five in the 13 games he’s played for the Nigeria National Team. He helped his country win the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year with an assist in the final against Burkina Faso, which ended in a 1-0 victory for his team.
With the arrival of the very talented Andre Schurrle and Willian to Chelsea, however, Moses didn’t quite seem to be in Jose Mourinho’s plans. The Chelsea manager said he wanted a 22-man squad, and that if a new player came in, another player would have to leave to make the number easy to work with. That noted, Moses felt a move away from the club would suit him and the club’s best interest, as he wants more playing time:
“As a young footballer coming up, I just want to play games. Not playing can really damage your career.”
Moses is just three games away from 100 English Premier League games, having played 74 for Wigan in addition to his 23 for Chelsea. Brendan Rodgers, having watched Moses closely, says he’s pleased to have him join his side as they hope to continue in their good form:
“I’ve been aware of Victor for a long time and know his qualities. He’s the type of offensive player I like – he’s got terrific skill with the ball, is a wonderful technician and can go left side or right side. The crowd will love him because he wants to beat players, but he also has a real work ethic to him. We were delighted he became available at Chelsea because he is a player that can do very well for us.”
Victor Moses was the third of three signings Brendan Rodgers made on transfer deadline day, alongside defenders Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori from Paris Saint-Germain and Sporting Lisbon respectively. The young winger is ready to get started and help Liverpool, who have started their Premier League campaign very well, maintain their form:
“Liverpool is a massive club and I just want to enjoy my football and try to help my team-mates. The move to Chelsea was a massive step for me. I just wanted to go there, express myself and enjoy my football. Coming to Liverpool is another step for me.”
A great acquisition for Liverpool, Victor Moses could be vital in strengthening the Red’s offense this season and will deliver many opportunities for scoring goals. Moses will wear the number 12 shirt for Liverpool and will likely make his debut on Monday, 16 September, when Liverpool travel to Swansea for their next Barclays Premier League game.
Written by Ange Marline