It appears the loan signing of Victor Moses may come back to bite Liverpool on the backside – and we’re not talking about the Nigerian winger’s performances so far in a red shirt.
Though his lacklustre displays may have led to this situation, with Moses becoming more of a back-up player on the bench for the Reds, the possibility of losing out on more signings as a result will be a big blow to Liverpool.
With reports that Chelsea may not allow Ryan Bertrand and Liverpool to enter discussions with each other because of the way Moses’ spell has gone at Anfield so far this season spells out the need for more permanent signings for the Reds.
Though, so far, they are on course to return to the Champions League this season, loaning players of sides who they are potentially competing against will have to stop in the future. Here is a reminder, Liverpool are four points behind Chelsea in the table, so have every right to call them competitors in the league as things stand.
But Liverpool – nor can any other side in the division for that matter – let anyone dictate what they do with a player within their squad. If Chelsea wanted Victor Moses to play more games the equation was simple, Jose Mourinho could have kept him at Chelsea and played him in his side when he saw fit.
Moses started his first six games when he arrived at Anfield and has ever since been used more as an impact sub – barring the start in the 3-1 defeat away to Hull, where it is safe to say his performance didn’t go down well with the travelling fans that day, and the performances of Raheem Sterling are keeping Moses out of the side.
Though Brendan Rodgers was right to make use of his contacts at Chelsea, maybe he and the rest of the hierarchy need to think in the future over the possible implications when making such deals in the future. Maybe loan deals with competitors aren't the best idea after all.
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