How missing out on Willian may benefit Liverpool

Liverpool are being linked with Chelsea’s Victor Moses as Brendan Rodgers seeks to further enhance the strength of his attack.

If reports are true that Liverpool are looking to tie up a season long loan deal for Victor Moses then the club deserve huge credit for acting so quickly after missing out on Willian.

Brendan Rodgers always maintained after a flurry of early summer signings that he would be looking to make one more defensive signing and one more attacking signing before the close of the transfer window.

With Valencia’s Aly Cissokho signed up, Rodgers now seems to be focusing on Victor Moses of Chelsea, a player who could ironically have a bigger impact for the Anfield side than the Brazilian they have just missed out on.

Moses has the obvious advantage of knowing English football having spent his entire career in the country and knowing the Premier League having played for Wigan Athletic and Chelsea in the top division.

What that ensures is that there is no settling in period, allowing him to be instantly effective for Liverpool if Rodgers needs to throw him into the first team very shortly after completing his loan signing.

Liverpool also won’t miss out on Willian’s versatility should they sign Moses because the Chelsea player can offer them that exact same option.

At times last season Moses was used as a centre forward due to Chelsea’s lack of options in that position.

He can play the number nine and ten roles at the top of an attack, which will give Rodgers plenty of options if he needs to change things around due to injuries or during games over the season.

He can also play as a winger which is important considering the recent departure of Stewart Downing to West Ham United.

That allows players like Philippe Coutinho to stay glued to a central position where they are more effective and generally decreases the need for players to drift into wide positions to create width.

Importantly, the signing of Moses on loan fits in line with the financially socialist structure that Liverpool are trying to create at the moment.

Willian is a player Liverpool would have had to offer a huge contract to ensure that they got him, which contradicts the lower salary and more bonuses changes Liverpool have made to player contracts in the recent past.

Moses’ core strengths are also massive benefits for Liverpool should they get him. His pace is breath taking and something which defenders would hate coming up against him because it puts them onto the back foot.

With Willian coming in and the possible arrival of Samuel Eto’o, there are going to be plenty of players ahead of Moses in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and the appeal of a temporary switch to Liverpool is very obvious.

How do you think Moses would get on in Liverpool colours?

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