Have Liverpool's two loan signings been a failure?

Aly Cissokho

Victor Moses and Aly Cissokho haven't set the world alight since moving to Anfield on loan during the summer.

At the start of the season when Liverpool looked to acquire the players required in order to get themselves back into the Champions League, two of them were loan signings.

Winger Victor Moses was brought in from Chelsea and left-back Aly Cissokho came in from Valencia for the season.

But so far this season, they haven’t set the world alight. Victor Moses looked impressive on his debut against Swansea City when he got his only goal for the club thus far, and provided a couple of threatening crosses.

He has since played in a more central position when Liverpool adopted three at the back but never really looked comfortable, and ever since he returned to the wing he has looked a little lost. He put in a poor performance in the defeat against Hull City at the start of December and has struggled to get into the side since. In yesterday’s FA Cup win over Oldham he was substituted at half time after a performance where he looked lost, his decision making poor and almost afraid to take on a man.

During this time, 19-year-old Raheem Sterling has started to find the net and the final ball along with the talent to match the talk and hype surrounding him.

As for Cissokho, it is a bit of a weird one. It looks as if Brendan Rodgers doesn’t think too highly of him having seen him up close, given that he has been in and out of the side.

An example of this would be that he played against Manchester City and boxing day, but instead of sticking with the player that is naturally suited to the left full back role, he decided playing Daniel Agger out of position in that role was better when they played Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

He has also had his spells in the under-21 side whilst youngster, and natural right-back Jon Flanagan was given the opportunity to impress at left-back.

It begs the question, were these players just brought in to add extra bodies to the Liverpool side?

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