Psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters has claimed that Liverpool are placing too much expectation on their players.
Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in England and Europe and when you play for them, they expect the very best whether it’s one of the youth teams all the way up to the senior side.
That brings with it pressure which can affect different players in different ways but it’s certainly something the club has been made to endure, during Brendan Rodger’s first season in charge.
The main point that Dr Steve Peters has made is that there is far too much pressure on the generally younger side, which can increase a fear factor within them which stops them from fulfilling their potential.
Liverpool are chasing fourth place at the moment because the Champions League has never been more important in terms of the standard of football involved and the financial benefits of the competition.
Every day seems to bring about a different player or individual connected with Liverpool, calling for improvements, more consistency or a perfect league run until the end of the season.
There are all things which will affect the younger players in the side, who are featuring more and more because Liverpool have lost their ability to go out and pay tens of millions for players from rivals and various other clubs.
Pre-defined goals and targets do create stress because there is always going to be that pressure to reach them, until they are ultimately achieved and if they aren’t achieved, that creates self doubt.
That in turn creates a lack of confidence among any football squad which is one of the triggers for a run of poor performances throughout a team, which has a direct knock on effect to the results.
However, the clear and precise counter argument here is that Liverpool are a team filled with professional football players.
These players have been brought up on the game and have had their own personal targets, which have been to play professional football to a very high standard so they must be aware of the pressures on a constant basis.
It’s the same with any job and any profession in life, there are always going to be goals and pre-determined targets because they have proven to be a very effective way to reach certain objectives within reasonable timeframes.
Liverpool fans should also rest easy because they have a manager in Rodgers who is getting used to using, managing and selecting younger players who are supposedly more vulnerable to the pressure.
This is going to be something that he’s already aware of and the club cannot lose sight of important objectives, simply because Raheem Sterling, Suso or any other teenager is under more stress than usual.
Liverpool fans, what do you think?
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