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With players returning, does Victor Moses fit into the Liverpool XI?

He is naturally a wide player, but has played centrally in the absence of Philippe Coutinho combined with a change of system.

When Victor Moses initially signed for Liverpool on loan from Chelsea in the summer – some hailed it as a shrewd piece of business by Brendan Rodgers by bringing in a player on a short-term basis at least that had different qualities to the rest of the playing squad.

It was viewed as a positive that the team had someone who is naturally a winger and has the confidence and capability to take on defenders at pace – but the manager has now adopted a system which has him in a more central role at the front of a midfield three.

Moses did play out wide in the first two games of his Liverpool career, the first game yielding his first goal in the famous red shirt but with the introduction of a 3-4-1-2 system, Moses' role has also changed – with the emphasis on wing-backs to provide width, and the Nigerian has played a more central role. During that time, however, his best moments have been when he has received the ball out wide – the build up to Liverpool’s second equaliser at Newcastle is a good example of this.

With players now returning from suspension and injury, where does Moses fit into this Liverpool side?

It seems as though Rodgers preferred selection on the flanks will be to play Aly Cissokho and Glen Johnson and Philippe Coutinho is the man preferred to play the role behind the partnership of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.

So, given that Moses came to Anfield in the hope of playing more first team football, it seems that unless there are more injuries this season that Moses starting chances may be limited.

Moses at this moment in time looks as if he is going to be in direct competition with Jordan Henderson given Henderson’s versatility of being able to play anywhere in midfield and has played in the wing-back roles – though if either of the wing-backs were to suffer any injury, you’d think Moses would be the preferred option in that role.

Unless Rodgers comes up with another plan that accommodates the Nigerian, he could feature more as impact sub in the future.

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