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Liverpool Transfer News: Victor Moses at Anfield for All the Right Reasons

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02:  Victor Moses of Chelsea reacts during UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Chelsea and FC Basel 1893 at Stamford Bridge on May 2, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured Columnist IVJune 26, 2016

With a near endless stream of attacking material to compete with at Chelsea, a move away from Stamford Bridge always looked plausible for Victor Moses.

The 22-year-old recently sealed a season-long loan switch to Liverpool, where he’s all the more likely to get the kind of football that he not only wants, but deserves.

Moses is understandably excited about the move:

Once upon a time, the Nigerian international was sought after as one of the most promising youngsters in England’s elite divisions, first with Crystal Palace and again with Wigan Athletic last summer.

However, only now will Moses really get the sort of playing time he’s been looking for, both as a more valued member of the first team but also at a club that’s aiming for the top.

In West London, the winger was restricted to making just 23 Premier League appearances last season, only four of which were for the full 90 minutes.

Speaking to the official Liverpool website (h/t Sky Sports), Moses commented:

As a young footballer coming up, I just want to play games. Not playing can really damage your career.

Liverpool is a massive club and I just want to enjoy my football and try to help my teammates. 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.

For Moses, moving to Chelsea was something of a flirtation, something that the player had to get out of his system but, in retrospect, might agree wasn’t the best choice for his career at the time.

Having now known what it feels like to go unacknowledged as a player, Liverpool are getting their hands on a player all the more eager to show just what he’s capable of.

For almost the entire three years Moses spent as a senior player at Selhurst Park, the player was linked with bigger things which, for whatever reason, didn’t materialise. A 2010 move to Wigan was the right sort of deal for the starlet at the time, a transfer that almost guaranteed playing time while demanding the slightest of steps up.

Similarly, Moses will now benefit more in the long run having accepted a temporary deal to Merseyside, where Brendan Rodgers’ wide system promises to accommodate the forward’s skill set.

Of course Liverpool can’t offer the same challenge on the European stage that Chelsea can or as much of a run at the Premier League title, bringing up the old debate of just what’s more important: winning trophies or developing one’s self as a player.

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