Sterling lifts lid on meeting with Dr Steve Peters

Raheem Sterling

Yet more praise for the highly regarded psychologist.

Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling has praised the work of Dr Steve Peters and lifted the lid on a session he had with him prior to one of the Reds’ biggest matches this season.

Peters has been praised by many of the Liverpool players this season, with some suggesting he has been a vital part in helping them mount a serious, and unexpected, title challenge.

Sterling went to see the man who has helped British Cycling during their successful years and World snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan ahead of the clash between Liverpool and Manchester City.

Sterling starred in that match and scored the opening goal in the early exchanges, as the Reds overcame City 3-2.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “We use a motto ‘focus on the ball, focus on the team’. I had a meeting with him before the (Manchester) City game.

“I thought it was going to last 20-25 minutes. So I walked in, sat down and he just said: ‘focus on the ball, focus on the team’. ‘Is that it?’ I asked him. But it was really important.”

Like Sterling, many people would feel it would take longer to have such an effect, but it appears that even the briefest of meetings can have such a profound effect.

It seems to have worked as the 19-year-old’s performances have been very impressive of late, and he is not the first player to praise the work of Dr Peters.

Daniel Sturridge has said the psychologist has played a significant role in his good form ever since he arrived at the club in January last year, whilst Reds’ skipper Steven Gerrard has also spoke highly of him.

It is of little surprise that more praise has gone in Dr Peters’ direction, and if Liverpool are to enjoy more progress and eventual success in the near future, it would be surprising if there aren’t more figures within the club speaking highly of him.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch