Victor Moses: Is He Being Used to His Full Potential at Liverpool?
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The Nigerian international dazzled at Wigan as a very forward winger, enough to widen the eyes of Chelsea, who signed him in August 2012. His blistering pace took him past Premier League defenders at easy, and he thrives on having space in front of him to run onto.
Having scored just one goal in limited opportunities for the Blues, the former Crystal Palace trainee made his way to Anfield and, whilst no one is doubting his abilities, some are questioning whether he will fulfil his potential in his current role.
I have touched upon Brendan Rodgers' 3-5-2 system which he has recently implemented in two previous articles this week on Bleacher Report on the future of Daniel Agger and how Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez can be accommodated by it as a partnership.
Moses has been fitted behind Sturridge and Suarez and given a role that allows him to be the link between the deeper midfield of Steven Gerrard and Lucas. The role should allow him the freedom to move out wide, to either channel, helping out the wing-backs or push forward to supply Sturridge and Suarez.
However, so far Moses has shown some signs of feeling uncomfortable in this position of responsibility, with evidence suggesting he could even be stifled in the No. 10 role.
Playing in the hole doesn't do Victor Moses too many favours in my view but he worked his bollocks off ..... pic.twitter.com/VCaBMacZJU— Sean Rogers (@Sean_Rogers) September 29, 2013
so here's (part of) the problem: where Victor Moses is getting on the ball. he's not our link man. pic.twitter.com/JnZScXzPrp— Karl Matchett (@karlmatchett) September 29, 2013
If playing on the wing is Moses' preferred and most effective position, there's a fair argument to put forward that he should be played on the wing.
Rodgers spoke about the 3-5-2 system in his press conference at Melwood ahead of this Saturday's Premier League clash at home to Crystal Palace.
We looked at it last season, we’ve tried it in training. It can be a system that works for us, it can be a system that works for us, it gives us numbers going forward. It’s a system that the players can flip to quite easily.
However, the new system accommodates wing-backs, rather than wingers and a defender, and Moses is not one.
It begs the question: Why take on a prolific winger on loan, when a few games later there doesn't seem to be a place for him in the team?
This Saturday's game at home to league newcomers Palace sees Lucas suspended and Joe Allen still sidelined through injury. It could prove a good opportunity for Rodgers to try a new midfield formation within his 3-5-2 system that unleashes Moses on the wing.
With Gerrard sitting in front of the back three, Luis Alberto could play in front of him, reprieving Moses of the link-man role and allowing him to support Jordan Henderson on the right wing.
If Liverpool wanted to press even further, Iago Aspas could be the man in the middle.
The return of Philippe Coutinho later in the month will surely see the Brazilian replace Moses in the space behind Sturridge and Suarez that he currently holds.
Could this lead to Moses being used as an impact player at Liverpool or is he a first-team player without a cemented position yet?
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