VICTOR MOSES wants to use his goal against Bournemouth as a platform to kick-start his Anfield career.
The Chelsea loanee scored the opening goal in Liverpool’s 2-0 win at the Goldsands Stadium as the Reds progressed into the last 16 of the FA Cup, where they face Arsenal, with Daniel Sturridge wrapping the tie up after the interval.
Moses, 23, had not scored for Brendan Rodgers’ side since the 2-2 draw at Swansea in September and, before Saturday, had not featured since the third-round success against Oldham.
With his options at parentclub Chelsea limited, Moses would have wanted to use his year at Liverpool as a chance to show he can shine at a big club, and now the Nigeria international wants to use his first-half strike against the Cherries as motivation to do just that.
‘‘It was really important,’’ he said.
‘‘I know I haven’t been myself for the past few weeks but I started and got a goal today.
I just want to kick on from here and try to get a few more goals in the second half of the season. It’s crucial for me and the club as well.
‘‘We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game for us. They were a good side. But we came here to make it difficult for them, and we got the early goal.
‘‘In the second half, we came out with more belief in the talent that we’ve got. We got the second goal and that was game over.’’ Rodgers named a strong side for the clash with Sky Bet Championship outfit Bournemouth despite a Barclays Premier League encounter with Merseyside rivals Everton tomorrow night.
Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Sturridge all started alongside Moses, with the latter hoping his performance could put him in the reckoning to feature against the Toffees.
‘‘It’s going to be a massive derby for us,’’ he added.
‘‘We’re looking forward to it, we know how important the game is for us at the moment.
‘‘We just want to keep working hard together as a team and hopefully, if we can get three points against Everton, it will be key for us.
‘‘It’s up to the manager to pick his own players. I just want to keep on working hard in training and hopefully play as many games as I can.’’ Bournemouth kept their top-flight opponents honest for much of the game and arguably created more clear-cut chances as Eddie Howe sent his side out to play their usual passing game.
Winger Marc Pugh revealed it was a good barometer for the club as they look to build on last season’s promotion.
‘‘It was a great day for us and it’s great for the football club because we’ve come a long way in a short space of time,’’ he said.
‘‘From one to 11 we worked tirelessly, caused them a lot of problems and the gaffer said that Brendan Rodgers had complimented us on the way we play. It was good to test ourselves against some top players.”