There’s no question about it; Victor Moses was just as surprised to score yesterday as we were to see him to do it, but the on-loan Chelsea winger believes his strike against AFC Bournemouth could be the catalyst for an improved second half of the season.
The Nigerian has looked like a liability almost every time he’s stepped on the pitch in a Red shirt since moving to Merseyside on transfer deadline day. With the Anfield outfit racked by injuries, a larger role for Moses could be on the cards in the coming weeks — something that’s certainly a risk for Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, who, if he’s going to gamble on the 23-year old, could use a useful reference like this to learn a thing or two about odds. Still, if the winger is serious about his turnaround, he could play an important part in the weeks and months to come.
“It was really important,” said Moses when asked about scoring the opening goal against the Cherries in the FA Cup on Saturday. “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.”
Yesterday’s strike, which was nothing but a speculative effort from the edge of the box, was the 23-year olds first since scoring on his full debut against Swansea back in September. Moses has found match time few and far between since Philippe Coutinho returned from injury, but he was happy to play a starring role yesterday against the dogged Championship side. “We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game for us. They were a good side. But we came here to make it difficult for them, and we got the early goal.”
We’ll see if his strike gets him a spot in the starting eleven when cross-town rivals Everton visit Anfield on Tuesday. Scoring against a lower league side is one thing — doing it on a big occasion is complete other.