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Liverpool: Moses Set To Stay

Liverpool: Moses Set To Stay

Despite speculation to the contrary, Liverpool and Chelsea are unlikely to agree to cut short Victor Moses' loan...

There is no doubt that Nigerian international Victor Moses has failed to make the impact at Anfield everyone had hoped for.

Despite an impressive goal-scoring debut against Swansea City in September, the winger has made just five further Premier League starts.

Moses' most recent appearance was against Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup this past weekend but the 23-year-old was hauled off at half-time even though the game remained scoreless and he was not injured.

The decision by Kop boss Brendan Rodgers has subsequently intensified speculation that the plug might be pulled on his temporary switch from Chelsea.

Amongst those to criticise the ex-Wigan Athletic and Crystal Palace man's latest performance was former Anfield favourite Jan Molby.

Writing for the Liverpool ECHO, the retired midfielder claimed: "He looked completely disinterested in that opening 45 minutes and gave the manager little option.

"There was no desire, no spirit. Maybe he's lacking a bit of confidence or maybe he's just unhappy because he's played so little recently.

"...It might be in everyone's best interests if the loan is cancelled."

The Londoners are widely reported to be unhappy with the situation, especially given there were a host of other clubs interested, but the prospect of them cancelling the deal is far fetched.

According to the Telegraph, Chelsea preferred Moses to join either Everton or Southampton but eventually allowed the wideman to go to Liverpool after Rodgers convinced everyone he could make a similar impact at Anfield to former colleague Daniel Sturridge.

That clearly hasn't happened and therefore their annoyance is understandable, but there is little doubt Moses has at least featured considerably more than if he had remained at Stamford Bridge.

His overall appearance tally for the Merseysiders actually stands at a respectable 15, although admittedly the majority have been brief and ineffective substitute outings.

From Liverpool's perspective, the player's form just hasn't warranted more game time.

However, as the recent presence amongst the replacements for key games of youngsters Brad Smith and Jordan Rossiter alludes to, the Reds do not posses the same strength in depth as many other top sides.

Unless Rodgers brings in a host of new attacking options during the current transfer window, Moses will therefore remain at the club for the rest of the season.

The unsatisfactory nature of his time on Merseyside could affect future deals between Liverpool and Chelsea though with left-back Ryan Bertrand consequently unlikely to be allowed to make the same move.

Elsewhere on the loan front, youngster Conor Coady has extended his switch to Sheffield United until February 24.

The 20-year-old midfielder has made 23 appearances so far for the Blades since joining initially in July.

Full-back Ryan McLaughlin meanwhile has joined Barnsley on an initial one-month youth loan.

The club retain high hopes for the 19-year-old after rewarding him with a new contract at the start of the campaign.



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Writer:Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Thursday January 9 2014
Time: 9:37AM

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