Milan Baros admits he is feeling the pressure to score after his Euro 2004 exploits.
The Czech Republic striker was the leading scorer in Portugal, and with Michael Owen leaving and Djibril Cisse out for the season, the responsibility to score now rests with Baros.
“I’m under a lot of pressure since Euro 2004,” Baros told MF Dnes.
“My name has grown and everyone expects miracles from me. Before, people didn’t expect me to score goals all the time.
“But now, if I don’t score everybody says that my form is not good enough.”
Baros was in fine form for Rafa Benitez’s side on Saturday as his hat-trick saw them beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at Anfield.
Two of his goals came from the penalty spot after he was twice brought down, with the second coming in the final minute of the match to earn Liverpool the three points.
“It was very nerve wracking to take a penalty in the last minute, but I was excited to be so near my first hat-trick for Liverpool.
“Hamann was meant to take the penalties, but I asked him if he would give it up for me and he said yes.
“I had not trained until Thursday so I was tired and due to come off, but I didn’t want to leave when my hat-trick was so close.”