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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