Victor Moses
Victor Moses [Reuters]

Brendan Rodgers has played down reports of cancelling Victor Moses's loan deal while insisting that the winger still has a role to play in Liverpool's season.

The on-loan winger was substituted to the bench at half-time during Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Oldham Athletic in the third round FA Cup fixture on 5 January.

Speculation surrounding the future of the 23-year-old swirled after a series of unimpressive performances for the Merseyside outfit.

The Nigerian international signed on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea last summer. After scoring on his Liverpool debut in the 2-2 draw against Swansea City at Anfield, Moses has neither replicated his goal scoring talent nor managed to garner an assist for his teammates in 13 Premier League matches.

However, Rodgers revealed that discussions have taken place behind closed doors about reasons for withdrawing Moses at half-time and appreciated the player's response during training.

"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," Rodgers told the Liverpool ECHO.

"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 game," he added.

Earlier, Rodgers had made his intentions clear about bringing in new signings to bolster the Reds's squad during the ongoing transfer window and was hoping for a repeat of last January when Liverpool managed to sign Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho.

The former Swansea manager reiterated that the club are confident of signing new players but will only dip into the window if the right players are made available for the appropriate price; otherwise, fans will have to wait till the summer to see new faces in the squad.

"I'll be confident over the next few windows. You saw last January we were fully prepared for what we needed and we got that business done early," Rodgers explained.

"We are fully prepared this time also. If the right player is available not just for now but for the future we will look to do that. If not we may have to go with what we've got for the rest of this season and reassess in the summer," the 40-year-old concluded.