Liverpool legend John Aldridge says Brendan Rodgers made a mistake loaning in Victor Moses from Chelsea while allowing Oussama Assaidi to leave for Stoke City.
Moses has produced a series of insipid performances for The Reds since moving on a season-long deal from Stamford Bridge, making just six league starts while he was substituted at half-time in the FA Cup win over Oldham Athletic.
Such is Chelsea's disappointment with the nature of the deal, reports suggest Moses' limited appearances will impact on Rodgers attempting to sign Ryan Bertrand in the January transfer window.
While the 22 year old has had a limited impact at Anfield, Liverpool have watched on while Assaidi, also on a season long loan at Stoke, has impressed with three league goals in 11 appearances which included the winner against Chelsea in December.
And Aldridge said after Moses' performance against Oldham, Liverpool should have resisted sending Assaidi out on loan.
"He [Moses] looked completely disinterested in that opening 45 minutes and gave the manager little option," Aldridge told the Liverpool Echo.
"There was no desire, no spirit. Maybe he's lacking a bit of confidence or maybe he's just unhappy because he's played so little recently.
"But he certainly doesn't look like he's in the right frame of mind.
"He can't complain about not being in the team after that performance. You have to command a place and he failed to stake any type of claim.
"When Moses arrived I thought he would be a decent acquisition. He did very well for Wigan and did okay during his first year at Chelsea.
"He talked about wanting to nail down a place at Anfield but to achieve that you need to deliver on the pitch and he hasn't done that. He has let himself down.
"Hindsight is a great thing but we would have been better off keeping Oussama Assaidi and not signing Moses. Assaidi has contributed a lot more for Stoke during his loan spell than Moses has for us.
"I don't know whether Chelsea would agree to take him back as they've got a big squad but it might be in everyone's best interests if the loan is cancelled.
"If Moses wants to stay at Liverpool until the end of the season then he needs to buck his ideas up. He's in a precarious position. He needs to realise that and start fighting for a shirt."