Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Reds Would Be Silly to Acquire Victor Moses on Loan

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2013

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - APRIL 11:   Oleg Kuzmin (R) of FC Rubin Kazan challenges Victor Moses of Chelsea FC during the UEFA Europa League quarter final second leg match between FC Rubin Kazan and Chelsea FC at the Luzhniki Stadium on April 11, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo by Dmitry Korotayev/Epsilon/Getty Images)
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Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers are smart to consider adding playmakers before the summer transfer window closes early next month, but acquiring Chelsea's Victor Moses on a season-long loan wouldn't be a difference-making move for the Reds.

According to The Daily Mail's Neil Ashton, Liverpool are interested in Moses and are hoping to bring him to Anfield before the transfer deadline arrives:

Chelsea want a £2 million loan fee for the 22-year-old, but Liverpool will try to secure his release on reduced terms. Moses earns £55,000 a week at Chelsea and Liverpool are reluctant to match that.

But they are still hopeful of a deal as Moses prepares to leave Chelsea before the transfer deadline on September 2.

While Moses is a quality winger with invaluable Premier League experience, his lack of production in league play with Chelsea in 2012/13 and Wigan before that suggests that he would go unnoticed with Liverpool.

Moses recorded one goal and one assist in 23 Premier League appearances (including 12 starts) for Chelsea last season. Backup midfielder Marko Marin finished with the same goal and assist numbers for Chelsea in only six appearances (two starts).

A lot could depend on the price, though, and if Chelsea are willing to reduce his price tag, Liverpool have no choice but to consider adding another experienced attacking player to the mix.

The 22-year-old Nigerian is skilled on the ball and has scored four goals in 12 appearances with the Nigerian national team since 2012. Unfortunately, Moses has a plethora of weaknesses that can't be ignored. Most notably, he isn't a great passer and rarely makes a significant impact defensively.

His speed and dribbling ability make him a threat on the counter attack, but he's struggled to finish in the final third in Premier League play.

Moses has made 97 appearances in the Premier League since 2009, but he has just nine goals total in those matches. Meanwhile, he scored five goals in 10 appearances in Europe last season with Chelsea, scoring once in the Champions League and netting four goals in six Europa League matches.

But the Reds will have to finish in the top four this season in order to qualify for Champions League football, so Moses' knack for producing timely goals in Europe would have to be put on hold.

There's no doubt that Liverpool would be adding an experienced playmaker in Moses. But the reality is Rodgers new addition wouldn't be one capable of leaving a lasting mark with the Reds in the Premier League this season.


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