Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has waxed lyrical about club psychiatrist Steve Peters, although stopped short of calling the esteemed doctor the ‘best signing’ he has made during his impressive spell at Anfield.
Victory for Liverpool against Manchester City this weekend will place the destination of the Premier League title in the hands of the Merseyside club. And, should they emerge victorious come May, Peters will take a rather large portion of the credit.
Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool captain, has credited Peters with transforming his career thanks to the sessions they shared as the midfielder battled to come back from a serious groin injury. It was a recommendation from Gerrard that led to Roy Hodgson bringing in Peters to work with England.
Peters worked with a number of British Olympians, including Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton, before assuming a full time position with Liverpool last season. The author of the Chimp Paradox was on the bench against West Ham last weekend, and his impact has been a sizeable one.
Snooker world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, who has worked extensively alongside Peters, believes Manchester United would become champions once again were David Moyes to bring him to Old Trafford. But it is Liverpool who could clinch the title, and it is little wonder other clubs have come calling for Peters.
"He's had chances to go to other clubs but he is very, very happy here so it's a very important component in our team, in order to help us win - but it's a component,” Rodgers told The Telegraph.
He added: “He's got many experiences, not just in sport, but also in life so he's a very important part of the team. But I don't want to say he's the best signing we have made because they are all good signings here."