Raheem Sterling believes a decision to stamp his own personality on his performances is the key behind his outstanding form this season.
The forward has been a regular in the first team since December, when a goal in a 5-1 Anfield win over Norwich City proved to be the catalyst for a consistent run in the team, operating at a higher performance level.
Since that night against the Canaries, Sterling has added eight more goals to take his tally into double figures so far this term.
"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.
"From December time I realised I had to start stamping my personality, running with the ball, running into the box, making goals, scoring goals. Not playing with that barrier, not to be worried about making mistakes."
Sterling has been utilised at the tip of a midfield diamond in recent weeks.
It's a change from his traditional wide role, but it's one he's enjoyed.
"Since coming here at 15, I was on the left," he said. "I only thought I could play left wing. But in the first team my best performances have probably been on the right or behind the strikers.
"I feel like I'm a different player now with more to offer. I realise too that playing in all positions has helped me this season. Being a No 10 is something I'd like to do more of in the future. It suits me."
Sterling admits he's utilised sessions with Dr Steve Peters at Melwood to help maintain his form.
"The way he works is brilliant," the 19-year-old explained. "At first I thought it wasn't for me. On the outside you might think it's complicated, but all the messages are very straightforward.
"He understands the players and the emotional side of the game. What he says really helps you.
"We use a motto 'focus on the ball, focus on the team'. I had a meeting with him before the City game.
"I thought it was going to last 20-25 minutes. So I walked in, sat down and he just said: 'focus on the ball, focus on the team'. 'Is that it?' I asked him. But it was really important."