Liverpool boss squashes Chelsea starlet return talk

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that there is no chance Victor Moses will return to Chelsea early from his season-long loan spell at Anfield, rejecting rumours that the Nigerian forward's situation has caused concern back in West London.

Moses was brought off at half-time during Liverpool's FA Cup clash with Oldham Athletic last weekend, with the Nigerian completing 90 minutes in the Premier League just twice this season despite moving to Merseyside in pursuit of consistent first-team opportunities.

Chelsea are believed to be worried that Moses will spend the second half of the campaign propping up the Liverpool bench, but Rodgers has rejected that notion and declared that the winger has reacted positively to last Sunday's surprise substitution after a frank discussion between the pair.

Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo: "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.”

The 23-year-old is unlikely to keep his place in the Liverpool starting XI for tomorrow's Premier League clash with Stoke City, with Daniel Sturridge back in contention and targeting a starting spot in attack alongside Luis Suarez.

Despite insisting Moses remains part of his plans the Reds continue to be linked with a whole host of attacking additions before the transfer window closes, including Basel starlet Mohamed Salah and Barcelona winger Cristian Tello.

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