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Transfer update – Moses not a natural for Liverpool

| 01.09.2013

Although a move to West Brom is arguably not as attractive as one to Liverpool, there are clear advantages as to why Victor Moses should have opted for a switch to the Hawthorns in a bid to get his slightly stuttering career back on track.

Moses is right to take some time out of Chelsea, given that two hands are now needed to highlight the number of players ahead of him in Jose Mourinho’s ranks for attacking midfield places.

Joining Liverpool on loan is only a kerb rather than a step down and should Moses get enough game time at Anfield, then the decision will be easily justified.

However, there are beliefs that he could end up effectively swapping one bench for another, unless Brendan Rodgers is looking for something a bit different from the norm.

Rodgers’ passing philosophy is well documented and not too dissimilar to Chelsea, technically creative players who can combine in small spaces to thread through slide-rule passes are preferred to supply the ammunition to Daniel Sturridge.

Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez best fit the bill, but these areas are where Moses tends to be weakest, with his game being far more direct and using his pace, power and dribbling ability to take on opposing full-backs.

If Moses rediscovers his Wigan form, he could be an ace up the sleeve for Rodgers, especially if it allows Coutinho to play more centrally, but the feeling is that he will be an impact sub rather than a regular starter.

His ability to press the ball and win back possession in high areas of the pitch may prove an asset though, especially against tiring legs.

Moses wouldn’t have had the same starting doubts at West Brom, as the fact they severely lack pace in the wide areas would have seen him close to being the first name on the teamsheet and their more direct nature may suit Moses better too.

But time will tell and Liverpool have certainly got a fair deal for a £1m outlay as they look to defy Premier League odds of 8/5 to finish in the top four this season.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.