Steve Peters: The unsung hero at Liverpool

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Liverpool find themselves in a situation where they could win their first title in 24 years, which not even the most optimistic Liverpool fan would have expected.

Many influences have led to this huge resurgence from a Liverpool team who finished 7th the previous season.

Some will say the turnaround is down to Brendan Rodgers' outstanding coaching methods in conjunction with the players adjusting to his style of play, others will argue it's down to the players themselves, especially Luis Suarez, who has been in scintillating form this season, all of these are valid arguments.

However one man who deserves more credit for his work, is Steve Peters, the teams psychiatrist. Having worked wonders with the GB Olympic cycling team and Ronnie O'Sullivan, Peters has a history of improving the performance of sportsmen, with Ronnie O'Sullivan claiming that a declining Manchester United would "win the league" again if they employed Peters.

The role of a sports Psychiatrist can be pivotal in maintaining a players mental strength, which is one of the reason Peters will go to the World Cup with England in an attempt to break England's wretched curse from 12 yards.

Peters' influence on players' minds has been clear to see this season with Liverpool. Under Rodgers, Liverpool play with no fear and assert themselves from the off, and even if setbacks occur, Peters has instilled a mental resilience in the team which could give Liverpool a boost with two title showdowns in the not too distant future.

Liverpool's next game, at home to Chelsea is being dubbed a title decider, especially after both City and Chelsea dropped points to Sunderland, a win for Liverpool would all but secure the title.

With the help of Peters, Brendan Rodgers' side will be ready for the task at hand, and will have the mental toughness to overcome any problems Chelsea will cause at Anfield.

With three games to go in what has been a remarkable title race, Peters' influence could be the edge Liverpool need to finally end their long wait for the Premier League title.

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