Honest assessment rather than self-congratulation was the order of the day for Victor Moses after the Nigerian international made a significant contribution to Liverpool reaching the FA Cup fifth round.

Brought into the starting line-up by Brendan Rodgers for Saturday's encounter with Championship side Bournemouth, the 23-year-old punctuated the match with powerful dribbling and energy.

Of course, the most striking highlight of the wide-man's performance was his goal midway through the opening period - a crisp, low drive into the bottom corner from distance after perfectly controlling a cross-field pass.

His run-out on the south coast was Moses' first appearance for the Reds since he was withdrawn at half-time in the previous round of the FA Cup, when Oldham Athletic were downed 2-0 at Anfield.

After the victory yesterday, the No.12 was entitled to a moment of satisfaction; but it was not long before the on-loan forward turned his thoughts to maintaining such displays during the weeks and months to come.

"It was really important; I know I haven't been myself for the past few weeks," Moses told Liverpoolfc.com following the final whistle at the Goldsands Stadium.

"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 for them."


It was Luis Suarez who dispatched the raking delivery, clipped with pace and accuracy from right to left, which assisted Moses in breaking the deadlock against the Cherries in the first half.

The Uruguayan later played through strike partner Daniel Sturridge for the decisive second, concluding a day on which the Barclays Premier League top scorer was provider as opposed to finisher.

Moses added: "We all know how crucial Suarez is for our side - he's one of the best strikers in the Premier League, scoring goals week in, week out.

"As soon as he saw me on the left side, he switched it over; the first touch was crucial for me, then I cut in and had a strike that went into the back of the net."

The victory over Bournemouth not only strengthened the Reds' ambitions in the FA Cup this season, but offered a timely confidence boost ahead of the Merseyside derby next week.

Moses, who pledged to work hard beforehand to earn a place in the XI, described the Premier League meeting on Tuesday as 'massive' and a potential signpost of the campaign.

"It's going to be a massive derby for us," he said. "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."