Jan Molby assesses Daniel Sturridge's recent performances

Sturridge has scored three goals since his return to the Liverpool side.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby has said that striker Daniel Sturridge is trying too hard to impress up front. 

Sturridge has missed five months of the season through thigh and calf injuries and returned to action at the end of January.

Since returning to the side, he has managed to find the net three times, most recently in the 2-0 win over Burnley on Wednesday evening, but he hasn't started many games back-to-back.

Molby wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "It’s clear he is desperate to have an impact. When you are a goalscorer and the team is playing well, you want to be part of that and help out by scoring goals.

"By forcing things, he is taking too many touches and that is making life a lot more difficult.

"We know from his past that he is a naturally sharp player, so he just needs to stick to his natural game.

"But it will take a while for him to get up to speed to the new formation."

One thing that is also worth picking up on is the goalscoring threats are coming from other areas of the team, with the likes of Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling all contributing recently - which should allow Sturridge to play a natural game and not feel there is such a burden on his shoulders to get goals.

After such a long spell on the sidelines, it is unsurprising if a player is guilty of trying too hard. There may still be an element of him trying to get back to his best, and he may be a bit off that at present. You only need to look at the goals he has scored this season to see they've taken pretty little thought. More of those efforts are probably in order for the Reds' forward.

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