Liverpool's surprise summer signing has found chances few and far between, and despite rumors that his stay on Merseyside won't last much longer, he's at least willing to fight for more time.
In a summer transfer window marked mostly by disappointment, the signing of Oussama Assaidi was something of an unknown quantity. With no strong links to the club for the preceding weeks or months and few who had spent much time watch him play either for Heerenveen or the Moroccan National Team, it was very much a surprise, and one that seemed to be all potential given the fairly low cost and the indications that he'd be a player in the mold of what Brendan Rodgers was looking for.
He was given appearances in cup competition early, most notably in the 2-1 win over West Brom in the League Cup, when he absolutely dominated Craig Dawson and displayed an upside that most assumed would lead to even more minutes. Those never came, though, with only a handful of late substitute appearances in league and a few more starts in the Europa League before he left the club on duty for Morocco in the African Cup of Nations. His appearance on Thursday was his first since returning, and while Liverpool ultimately failed to seal progress, he did well enough in the thirty-plus minutes he had.
What's dogged the winger throughout is the rumor that he wasn't actually a Brendan Rodgers singing--the manager spoke positively when the club brought the winger aboard, but in the time that's passed there's been growing talk that he's not actually someone Rodgers wants around, and that the coming summer will see him headed elsewhere.
For his part, Assaidi is hopeful that there'll be more to come in a Liverpool shirt. He was back in the Netherlands over the weekend and, in an interview with Eredivisie Live, commented that he's not looking for a quick exit, rather intending on being patient and awaiting his turn (note: interview not in English, reliable-seeming translation here).
It's taken plenty to get to this point; he's either been injured, away, or simply not favored for most of his first season at Liverpool, and there hasn't been much to counter the notion that he's not long for Merseyside. Things can change, however, and there's a chance that we might see more of him over the final two and a half months of the season. If that's the case, he'll hope he makes enough of an impact to see his Liverpool career lengthened regardless of whose signing he was.