Player profile

Victor Moses

Victor Moses

Birthdate: 12 December 1990
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
Other clubs: Crystal Palace (2007-10), Wigan Athletic (2010-12), Chelsea (2012-), Stoke City (loan, 2014-15), West Ham (loan 2015-16)
Bought from: Chelsea
Signed for LFC: £1.5m, 02.09.2013 (on loan)
International debut: 29.02.2012 vs. Rwanda
International caps: 24/7 - 30.06.2014
Liverpool debut: 16.09.2013
Last appearance: 05.05.2014
Debut goal: 16.09.2013
Last goal: 25.01.2014
Contract expiry: 01.06.2014
Win ratio: 59.09% W:13 D:4 L:5
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 1 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 19 / 1
Total LFC games/goals: 22 / 2

Player profile

Liverpool became the fourth English club of 22-year-old Victor Moses when he signed on loan from Chelsea for the remainder of the 2013/14 season after watching his new club defeat Manchester United at Anfield on the first day of September. It was immediately clear that the Nigerian-born winger was excited about the challenge that lay ahead as he declared: 'There are a lot of quality players here - they're winning games and creating chances. It's a massive thing for me to be here.' So he wasn’t afraid of having to fight for a place in the team despite knowing that he would probably have to compete for that place directly with youngsters Raheem Sterling, who made a big breakthrough in 2012/13 and Jordan Ibe, who had been brought into the first-team picture at the end of 2012/13 and continued to impress during the pre-season build-up to 2013/14.

Moses arrived in England from Nigeria at the age of eleven and lived in south London with his school being close to Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park stadium. Palace were quick to offer him a place in their Academy once they had seen his ability and realised his potential. After progressing through their junior ranks, he made his full debut for the south London club a couple of months into the 2007/08 season and continued to appear regularly in The Championship for the next two years. But Crystal Palace entered administration and it wasn’t a major surprise when one of the most sought-after young players in the country moved to Wigan Athletic on the final day of the January 2010 transfer-window. He was still only nineteen years old when he appeared in the Premier League for the first time.

Club’s of Wigan’s size, however well-run and ambitious they might be, often struggle to hang on to their brightest stars and Moses did not prove to be the exception to this rule. He was linked with a number of clubs but it was Chelsea who tempted him to move south again when they agreed to pay Wigan’s asking-price in August 2012, a huge fee for a young man barely out of his teens. Chelsea, like Liverpool, is a club where young players have to work really hard to break into the first team and establish themselves there. The Nigerian showed that he was up to the task by appearing in 32 domestic matches for Chelsea in 2012/13 plus ten European ties as well as representing his country in the African Nations Cup and World Cup qualifying matches.

The boy who came into England at a young age following a terrible tragedy has had to show enormous inner strength and courage to recover from that and also establish himself in a sport for which he showed huge potential in his teenage years. He might only be at Liverpool for a single season but there seems little doubt that he will improve an already-strong squad and that he will relish the fierce challenge for places that there is at a club of Liverpool’s size and reputation.

The Nigerian appeared in exactly half of Liverpool's Premier League matches in 2013/14 but only six of those 19 appearances were from the start of a match. He also started domestic cup matches against Manchester United, Oldham Athletic and Bournemouth. The early signs were good as he scored on his debut, at Swansea, but his only other goal did not come for another four months, at Bournemouth. Presumably Chelsea were monitoring his progress during the season, but it is doubtful if they saw much that impressed them. Moses was named in twenty match-day squads from New Year's Day until the end of the season but only saw some playing-time in nine of them.

As a new Premier League season opened in the middle of August  2014 Moses joined Stoke City on loan for the whole of that season. After oddly signing a new four year deal Moses was loaned out again, this time to West Ham at the end of the summer transfer window of 2015. In a season disrupted by a hamstring injury he made thirteen starts and scored once

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 19 2 1 0 0 22
2013-2014 19 2 1 0 0 22

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
2 Hull City
2 Swansea City
2 Manchester City
2 Everton
2 Tottenham
2 Crystal Palace
1 Bournemouth
1 Arsenal
1 Fulham
1 West Ham United
1 Sunderland
1 Manchester United
1 Southampton
1 Norwich City
1 Newcastle United
1 Oldham Athletic
Total Started/substitutions
9 Started
14 On the bench
13 Substitute
7 Substituted
Total Competition
19 England Premier League
2 FA Cup
1 League Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 1 1 0 0 0 2
2013-2014 1 1 0 0 0 2

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Opponent
1 Swansea City
1 Bournemouth
Total Started/substitutions
2 Started
0 Substitute
Total Competition
1 FA Cup
1 England Premier League
Total Goal minute period
1 16-30 minutes
1 31-45 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
2 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 16.09.2013 Swansea City Liberty Stadium League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 36 16.09.2013 Swansea City Liberty Stadium League

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Crystal Palace 2007-2008 England 1 13 3 16 3
Crystal Palace 2008-2009 England 1 27 2 32 2
Crystal Palace 2009-2010 England 1 18 6 21 6
Wigan Athletic 2009-2010 England Premier League 14 1 14 1
Wigan Athletic 2010-2011 England Premier League 21 1 26 2
Wigan Athletic 2011-2012 England Premier League 38 6 39 6
Wigan Athletic 2012-2013 England Premier League 1 0 1 0
Chelsea 2012-2013 England Premier League 23 1 43 10
Stoke City 2014-2015 England Premier League 19 3 23 4
Chelsea 2015-2016 England Premier League 0 0 1 0
West Ham United 2015-2016 England Premier League 21 1 26 2
Chelsea 2016-2017 England Premier League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 195 24 242 36
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