With this summer’s World Cup quickly approaching, Nigeria manager Stephen Keshi has expressed concerns about the lack of playing time for two of his star players in Chelsea man Jon Obi Mikel and on-loan winger Victor Moses.
The 23-year old made the move to Merseyside from Chelsea for the season with the prospect of regular playing time looking bleak at Stamford Bridge, but he’s found the same at Liverpool with the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling keeping him on the bench. The Reds have been on a spectacular run of form that sees them challenging for the Premier League title for the first time since 2009 – a battle that Moses has watched play out mainly from the bench.
“I don’t have so much problem with Mikel (playing as a bit-player) because he’s professional. He gets game time here and there which is okay by me” the Nigeria boss told Brila FM during a recent interview. “But it’s Victor (Moses) that I have concerns about because he is not even playing at all. I’m not happy about the situation but I cannot do anything about it.” Moses has made only 15 appearances for the Reds this season, mainly from the substitute’s bench when the match was done and dusted.
Moses, who was a nominee for the BBC’s African Footballer of the Year Award, won’t have much time to shake off the rust before this summer’s showpiece event if he’s not getting regular match time – something that certainly concerns Keshi. “I know (Liverpool manager) Rodgers (Brendan) wants to win every game and he has to pick the best team” he continued. “But I’ll talk to Victor when he comes to Atlanta.”