Have Liverpool's two loan signings been a failure?

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.

2) Sime Vrsaljko, Genoa: Just 21, the full-back possesses considerable versatility and can play on either flank as well as in midfield. Such qualities make him an ideal candidate, as Brendan Rodgers requires depth on either side of the defence. And as a bonus, the Croatian has experience playing in the 3-5-2 formation, which the Northern Irishman has previously experimented with. Vrsaljko only just joined Genoa in July for less than €4 million so the signing would be difficult, but is tempting nonetheless.

3) Jonathan Biabiany, Parma: One of the quickest wide men around, Biabiany has constantly been linked with Serie A’s top sides over the past 12 months. Considered a bust at Inter, he’s found a new lease on life at the Stadio Tardini and may now be ready for another experience at a big club at 25 years of age. Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson have certainly improved, but the Reds always look like needing another option to attack down the flanks.

4) Maxi Moralez, Atalanta: Known for his small stature in Serie A, the Argentine is an energetic character best deployed behind a lone striker. Moralez has a knack for popping up against more illustrious opponents, with abundant dribbling ability and incisive vision his strengths standing at just 159 cm. He’d be a useful alternative to Philippe Coutinho and could be had for only about £5 million.

5) Eddy Onazi, Lazio: An all-action performer, Onazi is a technically sound central midfielder capable of closing down opponents and bursting forward in equal measure. The Nigerian Jan S0L0

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