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Liverpool star discusses 'career-threatening injury'

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he needed a huge helping hand to overcome a "career-threatening injury."

That helping hand came from psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters, who will now ply his trade with the England national team ahead of this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

And Gerrard could not be more grateful, praising Peters' ability to motivate him when he was faced with a serious psychological stumbling block.

“I’ve been seeing Steve since I had a groin injury in 2010-11. I had a groin avulsion which is where the muscle comes off the bone and it’s a career-­threatening injury," the England and Liverpool skipper told reporters.

“I do feel as if he’s really helped me. Not so much with the ­technical side of the game but with what’s going on in your head and the mental ­preparation.

“He helps you with positivity, the power of thought, and staying upbeat – that sort of stuff.

“It’s more a mental thing. Steve Peters is not going to help the players run an extra 100 or 200 metres or make them any quicker.

“But what I can guarantee, if the players buy into it, is that he will be able to help them with mental ­preparation and make them ­understand how the mind works - especially going into pressure ­situations."

The 33-year-old also admits he has read Peters' book, 'The Chimps Paradox,' and is impressed by the fact that he has helped a vast array of top sportsmen.

“He just simplifies what’s going on," Gerrard continued.

"I read his book and had one-on-one meetings with him and I basically understand the different parts of the brain, how they work, when they function and why you think certain things.

"Not just me but Steve has helped the likes of Chris Hoy and people who are experts in their field.

“We are not going to become favourites for the World Cup because we have got a ­psychiatrist on board. But if players buy into it and everyone can gain that extra one, two, three per cent, it can only help us.”

Can Peters help England succeed at the World Cup this summer?

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