The Premier League transfer window will finally shut next week, and although Liverpool have done the majority of their business relatively early, there are still spots to be filled. The left channel has been marked as an area for improvement by Brendan Rodgers all summer. Oussama Assaidi has struggled since arriving on Merseyside from Dutch side Heerenveen and the Moroccan was loaned out to Stoke City on Tuesday. Stewart Downing failed to live up to his £18m price tag before being shipped out to West Ham. Currently, Coutinho is operating on the left side of the front three but to get the best out of the marvelous Brazilian, he needs to be in that coveted number 10 role. It is imperative that Coutinho is given the freedom to exert his creative influence because he is pivotal to Liverpool’s attack. His touch and range of passing are world class but on that left side he is shackled to the touchline. With just two teenagers – Jordan Ibe and Raheem Sterling – who can undertake that role, it is a necessity Liverpool bring in someone in the mould of Victor Moses. With Willian’s move to Chelsea imminent, it makes perfect sense for both clubs to sanction the move. Although, Moses isn’t without his critics. The Nigerian international can be wasteful in the attacking areas but his style of play and pace across the ground is something that will suit Rodgers’ tactical set-up. Moses isn’t too dissimilar to the two wingers the Northern Irishman worked with at Swansea – Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer. Both thrived in that wide role and really excelled under Rodgers.
Liverpool have already missed out on a number of high-profile targets this summer, so instead, they must source players more astutely. While Moses’ potential arrival could look like the Reds are signing a Chelsea outcast, it is a calculated gamble and something that could represent a coup. When Champions League football isn’t on the table, it is incredibly difficult to attract the top stars. But that is exactly what Liverpool need in order to get back into the top four. The 22-year-old is still in the early stages of his career. A loan deal would involve minimal risk but maximum gain. There is no real financial commitment for a player that could be vital to Liverpool’s top four bid. Not just because of his ability, but because of the knock-on effect in allowing Coutinho to inherit more a central role. There would almost definitely be an option to make the signing permanent come the end of the loan deal should he impress. Additionally, Moses would also count as a home-grown player and a loan deal would free up funds for further improvement. A central defender is another key position that must be filled with Sebastian Coates ruled out for the rest of the season through injury.
Moses’ arrival would relieve Ibe and Sterling of the immeasurable pressure that could be placed on their shoulders should the Reds suffer any injuries this season. Rodgers was left short of options last term and relied far too much on the developing Sterling. In order to mount a serious challenge for the Champions League this season, the Reds cannot afford to do the same again. Players at that age need to be slowly and carefully blooded into the team without too much pressure, allowing their talent to flourish. Although Moses is only 22, he has plenty of Premier League experience behind him, and although a “marquee” signing would be great, Liverpool fans must be realistic and consider what is best for the squad. The Merseyside outfit have always had a very good starting XI, but a squad with real quality and depth has always been lacking. The signing of Moses would go some way to providing that.
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