Liverpool Transfer News: Brendan Rodgers Should Cut Victor Moses Ties

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Victor Moses of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on November 23, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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There were high hopes for Victor Moses after Liverpool announced that they had landed the Chelsea winger on loan last summer, but the plan hasn't gone according to the blueprint.

As a result, the time has come for Brendan Rodgers to draw a line under the asset who hasn't produced on the level that the Merseysiders would have wanted, bringing an end to his loan spell.

HULL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Brendan Rodgers, manager of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Liverpool at KC Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Last week, the speedster was withdrawn at halftime from the Reds' FA Cup encounter with Oldham, prompting the latest debate about whether or not there was a future in sight at Anfield.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's trip to Stoke City, Rodgers was reported by the Liverpool Echo (h/t Hannah Duncan of the Metro) as saying that Moses is going nowhere, however:

There will be no cancelling the loan. Victor and I have spoken a couple of times this week and I explained my reasons for taking him off. He has been excellent since then. I have seen a real marked difference in terms of his performance. 

I’ve been pleased with his response. He has made it very clear he loves it here – despite one or two stories I’ve heard. I know the player and he wants to show he can help the team. He wants to show he can play games.

While there's a lot to be said for the value that a player can hold in mental fortitude, it's Moses' lack of impact on the pitch that's provided basis to the notion that he hasn't got what's required by Liverpool right now.

John Aldridge recently commented in a Liverpool Echo column that the time has come for the forward to "shape up or ship out":

The club are currently waged in the midst of a fight to win their place back among the Premier League's big guns, and after failing to hit the heights expected of him at Stamford Bridge, there's no reason the Reds should settle for any less.

After all, this is a team which has shown that they can compete with a club of the Blues' standard on their day once more, although the 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge in December would serve to prove otherwise.

Following the success of this season so far, Liverpool have shown that the days of settling on transfers should be behind them once again, and trusting in Moses' talents would be little more than offering backup to the starting ranks, and insufficient backup at that.

Just what the financial details of the winger's deal is and how much Rodgers' side are forking out in terms of wage expense is unknown, but there are other options out there which could be more fruitful.

Eurosport's Jack Watson recently pointed out just one of the 23-year-old's more disappointing moments, which came during the 4-1 thrashing of West Ham in December:

For example, the Daily Mail's Simon Jones recently reported that the deal for Basel attacker Mohamed Salah, which once seemed so close, is now looking less likely. 

BASEL, SWITZERLAND - OCTOBER 4:  Mohamed Salah of FC Basel 1893 in action during the UEFA Europa League group stage match between FC Basel 1893 and KRC Genk held on October 4, 2012 at the St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Sebastien Feval/Eur
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It's a move that could be cost-effective in the long term with wages not thought to be of an unreasonable variety, and the potential to outshine Moses is certainly on show.

The former Crystal Palace star is merely one risky route for Rodgers to take this winter, but having already seen where it leads in recent months, a more fruitful path worth taking might be sitting in the transfer market.