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Sterling effort puts Moses back in frame at Liverpool

Bournemouth 0 Liverpool 2

Liverpool's Luis Alberto (right) and AFC Bournemouth's Eunan O'Kane battle for the ball during the FA Cup, Fourth Round match at Goldsands Stadium, Bournemouth. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 25, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Bournemouth. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Liverpool's Luis Alberto (right) and AFC Bournemouth's Eunan O'Kane battle for the ball during the FA Cup, Fourth Round match at Goldsands Stadium, Bournemouth. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 25, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Bournemouth. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Liverpool's Luis Suarez (R) challenges Bournemouth's Charlie Daniels during their English FA Cup soccer at Dean Court in Bournemouth, southern England January 25, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Matt Ritchie of Bournemouth fails to block Victor Moses of Liverpool as he scores the opening goal during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Bournemouth and Liverpool at Goldsands Stadium on January 25, 2014 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Glenn Moore

One of the more revealing scenes in 'Being Liverpool', the largely excruciating series that covered the early months of Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool reign, was the clip in which he disciplined Raheem Sterling for backchat on the training ground.

Rodgers takes training seriously. He is evidently a believer in the aphorism "a team that fails to prepare, prepares to fail".

One player who appears not to have shared this view is Victor Moses, four years older than Sterling but for most of this season his Anfield understudy, which he will not have anticipated when joining on loan from Chelsea.

Now, though, the penny appears to have dropped and he was rewarded for his improved attitude with a start against Bournemouth, responding with his first goal since his club debut in September.

"I have seen improvements in his training," said Rodgers.

"That is the big part of it for me because if the top players are training nine or 10 out of 10 every day, and if you have players who are five or six out of 10 every day, then they are not ready to train with the top players, never mind play games with them.

"So you have to get them up to the level – and I am not just talking Victor here, I'm talking any player. Maybe at a lower level you'll have players that will have a lazy day in training and turn it on in the game but not at the top level.

POSSIBILITY

"For Victor, it is very simple. He wants to be at a big club. In order to do that he needs to be performing day-in, day-out, in training.

"If he does really well for us there is a possibility we will want to have him permanently, but ultimately it is Chelsea's decision and if he has done really well they will want to keep him."

Moses' chances have been limited in part by Sterling's return to form after a dip following a new contract last season.

"I was hanging off (giving him the contact) because I know the consequence," said Rodgers.

"At 17, 18 you are handed that contract and you think you don't have to work any more.

"But he has refocused and now you see a young, hungry player who is doing great."

Daniel Sturridge, too, has rediscovered his drive under Rodgers and scored his 14th goal of the season to kill off a cultured and spirited Bournemouth.

Liverpool will go into tomorrow's Merseyside derby full of confidence, with Rodgers declaring: "The most important thing is to stay focused on the performance and the result will take care of itself." (© Independent News Service)

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