Chelsea Player who cost Liverpool a Premier League title as just left club on permanent exit

Chelsea Player who cost Liverpool a Premier League title as just left club on permanent exit

While there will have been many deals done between two teams within the Premier League this summer, the total of each club added together comes to an incredible 510 transfers (including loans).

Top of the tree were Chelsea, who made 42 transactions. What makes their total even more remarkable is that they only signed three players, meaning 39 went through the Stamford Bridge exit door.

There were several headline makers among them. Tammy Abraham moved to Roma to play under Jose Mourinho, Fiyako Tomori will also be in Serie A with Milan, while Marc Guehi and Kurt Zouma have joined other clubs in London in search of regular football.

The list goes on. Looking down at the almost four starting XIs-worth of players who have left Chelsea this summer, one name suddenly stands out: Victor Moses, £4.3m to Spartak Moscow.

Victor Moses was still at Chelsea? Yes, believe it or not, nine years after moving from Wigan to west London, the Nigerian international was still a Chelsea player.

The Blues have had nine managers (including caretakers) in that time and Moses only played more than 11 games for two of them. His nomadic career has seen him join six clubs on loan since he joined Chelsea, and Liverpool were the first of them in September 2013.

At the time it looked a sensible acquisition by the Reds. Luis Suarez was serving a suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea towards the end of the previous season, while Raheem Sterling had yet to establish himself as a someone who started every week.

Indeed, when the Reds were first in action following Moses’ arrival, away at Swansea City, the loanee was on the left of the attacking midfield trio in Brendan Rodgers ’ 4-2-3-1 formation while Sterling was on the bench.

Liverpool’s new number 12 appeared to hit the ground running for the club. He created three goalscoring opportunities in the opening half an hour – including a clear-cut chance for Daniel Sturridge – and then gave the Reds the lead in the 36 th minute.

If any Kopites were sceptical about his potential, the goal would have lessened their doubts. Moses intercepted a Jonjo Shelvey pass on the half way line and dribbled through to score from the edge of ‘D’ outside the penalty area.

Only six Liverpool players had made their debut in a Premier League game and scored, so the on-loan Chelsea man joined a small club (which now also contains Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah).

But Moses’ first appearance proved to be the highpoint of his time with the Reds. He started the next five matches in all competitions, taking six shots and only creating two chances across the four league games in that spell.

While he continued to make substitute appearances, Moses’ fate at Liverpool was effectively sealed in the first two weeks of December. He started what was the Reds’ worst performance of the campaign (a 3-1 defeat at Hull City), then Sterling scored in three of the next four league matches to cement his spot in Rodgers’ team as the second half of the season loomed into view.

The on-loan winger was in the side for a couple of FA Cup games in January, opening the scoring at Bournemouth in the final Liverpool match for which he was part of the starting XI.

Thereafter, much like fellow summer signings Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas, Moses was largely overlooked by Rodgers. The Liverpool manager insisted Moses had a part to play when challenged about it in January 2014, but that didn’t prove to be the case.

Could he have been more useful in the Reds’ title challenge? They won most of their matches in the run-in, though he was an unused substitute for the draws with Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion.

As he was ineligible for the loss to Chelsea, the only other match Moses featured in from which the Reds didn’t take three points has gone down in legend as Crystanbul, and even then, he only played the final four minutes.

But after the explosive start to his brief career with Liverpool, it remains hard not to wonder if it should have worked out a lot better for both Moses and the club.

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