Victor Moses’ performance for Liverpool in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Oldham in an FA Cup third-round tie has come under fire.
According to an ex-Reds striker, John Aldridge, manager, Brendan Rodgers, was right with his decision by bringing off the Chelsea loanee at half-time.
Moses’ condition at Merseyside has been described as “precarious” by the Liverpool legend, who believes the Super Eagles winger would have to step up to remain in contention. However, the 23-year-old has endured the most difficult times of his loan spell, going down the pecking order while it lasts.
Liverpool lacked urgency in the first-half of the third-round encounter, struggling to find any fluency to their passing game. Rodgers responded by bringing in Lukas Leiva for Moses and Philippe Coutinho for Luis Alberto and it paid off immediately.
“The Nigeria international could have no complaints about being hauled off at half-time of Sunday’s 2-0 win over Oldham,” Aldridge wrote in his column in the Liverpool Echoe.
“He looked completely disinterested in that opening 45 minutes and gave the manager little option.
“There was no desire, no spirit. Maybe he’s lacking a bit of confidence or maybe he’s just unhappy because he’s played so little recently.
“But he certainly doesn’t look like he’s in the right frame of mind.
“He can’t complain about not being in the team after that performance. You have to command a place and he failed to stake any type of claim.
Moses completed a season-long loan move from Chelsea to the Anfield on transfer deadline day at a time Rodgers aimed to strike a balance between exciting ball-players in his formation in the absence of Suarez, who was then serving the remainder of his ten-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic.
The forward got off to a jump start to life at Anfield and, even scored on his debut against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on September 16.
The subsequent arrival of Suarez and Daniel Sturridge’s absence due to injury has altogether seem not to have improved Moses’ chances, while Rodgers has preferred young English winger, Raheem Sterling, to the player who was voted the best Nigerian footballer in 2013.
“Victor Moses was handed a big opportunity when Brendan Rodgers brought him to Liverpool FC from Chelsea last summer.
“Not many players get the chance to go out on loan to a bigger club but I don’t think he realises how lucky he is.
“When Moses arrived I thought he would be a decent acquisition. He did very well for Wigan and did okay during his first year at Chelsea,” Aldridge, who scored 50 goals in 83 appearances for Liverpool, continued.
“He talked about wanting to nail down a place at Anfield but to achieve that you need to deliver on the pitch and he hasn’t done that. He has let himself down.
“I don’t know whether Chelsea would agree to take him back as they’ve got a big squad but it might be in everyone’s best interests if the loan is cancelled.
“If Moses wants to stay at Liverpool until the end of the season then he needs to buck his ideas up. He’s in a precarious position. He needs to realise that and start fighting for a shirt.
“Sunday’s game was a big chance for the likes of Moses and Luis Alberto but they didn’t take it.”