Liverpool Transfer News: Victor Moses Key to Brendan Rodgers' Vision
The loan signing of Victor Moses on deadline day came about after Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers convinced the player that a move to Anfield would be a right decision, per David Maddock of the Mirror.
Ahead of his move, Moses spoke with both Rodgers and former Chelsea teammate Daniel Sturridge over the possible transfer and was persuaded that Liverpool will be the right place for him to continue his footballing development.
Maddock provides the quotes:
Coming to Liverpool is another step for me. Brendan Rodgers is a great manager and he's done fantastically well here helping the lads.
When I spoke to him, he told me what I'm going to be doing here. I was really pleased with that and I'm looking forward to working with him.
The manager has done very well and the formation and players here will help me and I just want to gel in, get to know the players and play with them. I am excited to be working in this system with a lot of quality players here.
According to a report by The Guardian's Andy Hunter earlier this week, Rodgers sees Moses as an important first-team player, with the Nigerian slated to start from the opposite flank to Luis Suarez in attack.
For Moses, who was never more than a squad player at Chelsea, the move will afford the opportunity to get his career back on track—having been a central figure in his time at Wigan.
Victor Moses watches from the stands at Anfield. Thats another sensible signing from Liverpool. I expect them to be in the mix for top 4.— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) September 1, 2013
Boasting impressive acceleration, good close control and low centre of gravity, Moses can be a real threat from wide areas. In Rodgers' system, where the wide forwards are expected to push into goal-scoring positions, the Crystal Palace graduate will have the right conditions to find his best form once again.
Having always been considered a forward in his early years, the shift to a wide berth has not always been easy for Moses. He is not the best crosser of the ball, and, at Chelsea, his lack of consistency with the final ball has been an issue.
However, as part of Rodgers' Liverpool, crossing balls into the box will not be a major demand of his position. He will be expected to build attacks, run at defenders and find players in scoring positions.
The Reds are a side who look to retain possession, but also to utilise the pace of their forward players in transitional phases. With Moses' pace and technical ability, he is well-suited to the tactical demands of his new side.
In Rodgers' time at Swansea, he made great use of fast, tricky wingers in the form of Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer—neither of whom are particularly good crossers of a ball. In using Moses and Suarez from the flanks, it would seem he is trying to form a similar system at Liverpool.
Will Moses be a success at Anfield?
Moses is under pressure to find form after failing to establish himself at Chelsea. After all, his move to Chelsea could hardly be deemed a roaring success.
The young forward has always been a talented player, and, thus far, he has only shown that ability on an infrequent basis. Rodgers clearly hopes to harness his potential. If he can, Liverpool will have a match-winner in Moses.
Ahead of next summer's World Cup, the Nigerian star must now work hard to prove that Rodgers was right to offer him a platform to shine at Liverpool and make good on the promise he showed in his early career.
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