Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Why Signing Victor Moses Loan Would Be Good Business

Christopher AtkinsContributor IAugust 27, 2013

BANGKOK, THAILAND - JULY 17:  Victor Moses of Chelsea is checked by Nattaporn of Singha Thailand All-Star XI during the international friendly match between Chelsea FC and the Singha Thailand All-Star XI at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand on July 17, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.  (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
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The transfer window will slam shut in just under a week's time, with nearly every club in Europe now looking at potentially adding some last-minute additions to its squad for the new campaign.

Liverpool, despite their early transfer activity this summer, are no different. Brendan Rodgers and his side have been busy in recent weeks looking for a wide attacking player, with Willian having been mentioned as a possible recruit just a few days ago, per Alex Fisher of Goal.

The Brazilian's move to Chelsea, confirmed pending the granting of a work permit on Sunday by the London club's official site, though, could open up opportunities for Rodgers.

With Chelsea's excess of attacking midfielders, it is thought that Nigeria international Victor Moses has become available and, in turn, Liverpool are reported, per Cyrus Engineer of Express, to be considering a loan move for his services.

Moses has his critics, with his abilities often offset by wastefulness in attacking areas. However, his style of wing play is well suited to Rodgers' preferred tactical setup, and in many ways, he is a similar player to both Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer—both of whom were used to great effect by the Northern Irish manager at Swansea.

He is, though, a better player than either of the Swansea duo. His pace and technical ability would make him a considerable threat in transitional play for Liverpool, while he is adept at joining in passing play in midfield areas.

While that may not be his strong point, Rodgers was able to improve players in this respect in the past, and there is nothing to suggest that Moses could not also adapt.

In his time at Wigan, Moses has shown that he was able to play in a team that is set up to retain possession, move the ball quickly and quickly counterattack. While results at Chelsea have been mixed, there have also been moments to suggest that Moses can be a high-level performer.

For Liverpool, his capture on loan would be a calculated gamble. A loan deal would mean no real financial commitment for a potentially useful player, while there would almost certainly be an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the contract.

For what, in this day and age, would be a minimal expense, Liverpool could have a talented, young forward to add to their ranks. Moses, of course, would also count as a homegrown player according to Premier League rules.

With Liverpool's squad already looking fairly defined for the coming season, and the club's attacking options looking much improved, a loan deal for Moses would leave funds available to be used elsewhere.

Liverpool are in need of better options in defensive midfield and at centre-back—areas in which they are no doubt looking to strengthen in the coming days. With attacking positions already well-stocked, it makes sense to bring in Moses on loan and delay the expense until next summer.

It remains to be seen whether a loan move for Moses comes off, but the Crystal Palace academy product would certainly add different qualities to what at times can be a Liverpool attack with limited ways of playing.

His arrival would help take pressure off the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe should the club suffer injuries this campaign.

Liverpool were caught short of options last season, and if they are serious about mounting a European challenge this time around, they cannot afford to make the same again.