Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge: I’m putting less pressure on myself

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge believes he is scoring freely after a change in his approach to matches

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Daniel Sturridge joined Liverpool from Chelsea in January Photo: The Sport Review

Daniel Sturridge believes he is scoring freely for Liverpool because he is putting less pressure on himself to find the net since moving to Anfield.

The 23-year-old has made an instant impact at the Merseyside outfit, scoring seven goals in 12 Premier League games, after completing a £12m move from Chelsea in the January transfer window.

Sturridge endured a difficult spell at the Blues, particularly under Roberto Di Matteo and Rafael Benítez, managing just four strikes in 22 outings before moving to the 18-time English champions.

And the England international puts his upturn in form down to a different psychological approach.

“It’s great to score goals but the main factor when I joined the club was just to help Liverpool move forward,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself to score goals because that’s the kind of person I am. I always put pressure on myself but I’ve stopped doing that so much now.

“I’ve just tried to focus on helping the team win games and to work as hard as I possibly can on the football field because if I do that then all the natural things I do on the pitch will come out.

“So my mentality now is to ensure that I’m in tip-top shape and at my optimum best to be able to help the team.

“If I score goals along the way then fantastic, if I get assists fantastic, but the main thing is for the team to get positive results and for us to come out of the season on a high.”

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