Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling says shaking off the self-doubt was key to his success this season.
Sterling feels fans are now seeing his best.
"Maybe on the outside people had the impression I've always been really confident," he told the official Liverpool FC magazine.
"But after a good start [to last season] I started looking for easy options rather than taking a chance myself, beating a man, taking a shot on myself.
"I'd stopped being natural, all the things that I'd done which got me into the first team in the first place.
"You could look at the [Manchester] City goal as an example. I'm not trying to sound cheeky or over confident but three or four months ago I would have squared rather than take the responsibility all for myself.
"My goal was always to play for Liverpool when I first came here and maybe for a while I thought that goal was achieved because I was one of the lucky ones to do it. But you realise that is not enough. There always has to be the next challenge, to achieve things and win things - making your mark.
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