Victor Moses scores for Liverpool against Bournemouth.
Victor Moses is aiming to make a big improvement during the second half of his loan spell with Liverpool.
The Chelsea winger has struggled to make a significant impact since joining on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day.
But after starting in the FA Cup fourth-round win against Bournemouth on Saturday, and scoring the opening goal, the Nigeria international is keen to show more consistency.
Liverpool's official website quotes him as saying:
It was really important; I know I haven't been myself for the past few weeks.
But I started and got a goal today. I just want to kick on from here and try to get a few more goals in the second half of the season. It's crucial for me and the club as well.
Such is the lack of promise that Moses has shown so far, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been keen to sign a new winger in the January transfer window, hinting that he has already made a decision not to sign the player permanently.
However, as reported by Samuel Stevens in the Independent, Rodgers has failed in his pursuit of Cristian Tello from Barcelona and Mohamed Salah, meaning that Moses has earned a second chance.
He must now take his opportunity to shine at Anfield and show Rodgers that he is capable of earning a place in his team, something he has not done so far, per This Is Anfield in the Metro:
Moses appears disinterested and lacking effort – had he been showing more of this, he’d be afforded more patience. That he isn’t, appears to be a lack of respect on the player’s behalf. The minimum requirement from a footballer is effort and desire.
Is Victor Moses good enough for a permanent move to Liverpool?
Liverpool's lack of European football this season means that they are not inundated with games, and a lack of midweek fixtures means that Rodgers is usually able to name his full-strength side in the Premier League at weekends without rotating, which gives Moses a lack of clear opportunities.
The FA Cup fifth-round draw against Arsenal will likely see Rodgers name a full team, rather than a rotated one, so initially Moses' chances may continue to come as a substitute.
But with games against Everton and Arsenal in the Premier League, there is reason to believe that Moses can force his way back into the picture at Liverpool, and he certainly has enough quality to do that.