Seven years ago today, two players put on Liverpool kits for the first time.
One was Mamadou Sakho, a Marmite of a football player who – at least for a while – became a cult hero before an erroneous drug ban and brought in a little too much money for Jürgen Klopp for a rollercoaster career in Anfield.
The other was a Europa League winner who later won the Premier League, the FA Cup, competed in two world championships, played in another European final, and starred in Serie A.
But hardly anyone remembers their time in Anfield.
It was Victor Moses who made his Swansea City debut with Sakho in September 2013 after agreeing to swap Chelsea’s full-season loan deal earlier this month, where he was an unutilized substitute in the Europa League final win over Benfica a few months earlier.
Moses got off to an ideal start, drawing a 2-2 draw for Brendan Rodgers after just 36 minutes.
The then 22-year-old international from Nigeria started the next five games before playing as a substitute in the home win against West Bromwich Albion.
For Moses, who only made three more starts – the only one in the Premier League was a 3-1 defeat at Hull City – and scored just one more goal, he scored in the 2-0 FA Cup win at Bournemouth in January 2014 .
Instead, he was limited to banking as a substitute player with 13 appearances, none of which lasted more than 22 minutes.
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Moses played less than 70 minutes together in the second half of the Premier League season as Liverpool chased the title, though his brief stint in the 3-2 win over Manchester City with five games left proved crucial.
With the Reds in stoppage time, Moses had the opportunity to penetrate deep into the half of the city.
Instead, a bad touch allowed the visitors to immediately return the ball to the Liverpool half, where Jordan Henderson was pressured, resulting in a desperate failure by Samir Nasri and a red card.
To date, Rodgers believes Henderson’s three-game suspension cost Liverpool the title when they lost to Chelsea and drew against Crystal Palace.
There was no chance Moses would be kept and, with no place at Chelsea, he spent seasons at Stoke City and West Ham United.
But the arrival of Antonio Conte changed things completely. Moses was a right-back starter when Chelsea won the Premier League despite being sent off in the final FA Cup loss to Arsenal. The following year he was in the team that defeated Manchester United in the final.
On Conte’s departure, Moses fell out of favor again at Chelsea and he agreed to an 18-month loan at Fenerbahce, which was prematurely ended before re-connecting with his old boss at Inter Milan, where he scored five goals in 12 Serie A games The runner-up was a late substitute in last month’s 3-2 Europa League loss to Sevilla.
Moses is now back in Chelsea, frozen out of the picture of the first team and in danger of becoming a forgotten man again.
In Liverpool, however, he will forever be remembered as completely unforgotten.