When Liverpool brought in players on loan to the club this season, it looked as if it bulked up and an incredibly thin squad.
Victor Moses, who has been a promising winger with Premier League experience, and played in the Champions League with Chelsea arrived from Stamford Bridge whilst Aly Cissokho, another player with Champions League experience was drafted in from Valencia.
One gave Liverpool and option on the wing, the other gave them some cover in the left-full back area where, over the years, Liverpool haven’t been blessed with the best of options.
Though they may not have featured as much as they perhaps would have liked, can we say the loans have actually paid off for Liverpool this season?
As a quick winger who is fairly established in the Premier League, Moses will have been keen to nail down a first team place in the Liverpool side this season but has failed to do so. He has been used in a more central role at times this season but other than that he has been limited to minutes off the bench – and a couple of cup tie appearances. He has found the net twice during that time.
Has he been a success? Well, his lack of minutes suggests not. But one could argue that he brought about necessary competition for Raheem Sterling who has become one of the more integral parts of the side this season.
But some will have viewed him as a player who could be signed on a permanent deal and capable of doing a very good job in a team challenging towards the top end of the table but it looks as though that’s not to be.
Aly Cissokho seems to have been unfancied by Rodgers. He has been used as a cover player as options at left-back have got thinner for much of the season. With Jose Enrique out injured, Jon Flanagan, Glen Johnson, Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Agger have been amongst the players deployed in the left-back role.
But it would seem Rodgers never really saw the Frenchman as a regular starter at the Reds, saying in January:
"We brought him in to support our first choice left-back Jose Enrique. Unfortunately Jose got injured and is still a few weeks away from training.
"Aly has come in and done his best. He was not in the team to start with, with young Jon Flanagan, who played and was outstanding, and then he got injured. Aly has come in and has performed to the best of his capabilities."
Though Cissokho has been a much maligned figure by some sections of the Liverpool support who have questioned his abilities, he has done the job he was brought in to do. Is that a failure? It would be harsh to categorise him as one.
Has their experiment with loaning players been a success or a failure? Neither have set the world alight, one has been a disappointment whilst the other has arguably fulfilled their role. It’s hard to say it has been a complete success or a complete failure.