Top England psychiatrist brushes off bad week

Liverpool's 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace was not the only blow to psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters, who links up with the England squad this summer.

England manager Roy Hodgson claims that Dr Steve Peters could be the most important member of his World Cup squad, but recent sporting results suggest that, even with his help, there's no guarantee that the Three Lions' top players will be able to deliver the goods in the big games in Brazil.

The reasoning behind all this is that two of Peters’ clients – Liverpool FC and Ronnie O’Sullivan – both threw away commanding leads on the way to bad results in their respective sports on Monday.

Liverpool relinquished a 3-0 lead in their draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, essentially handing the Premier League title to Manchester City, while 'The Rocket' lost to Mark Selby in the World Snooker Championship final - despite being 10-5 ahead at one stage.

Peters is a psychiatrist considered by many in the sporting community to be one of the best around, after his extensive work with Team GB’s Olympic cycling team and England’s rugby union squad. Many people - from Steven Gerrard to Victoria Pendleton - have paid tribute to him; Sir Chris Hoy even said: 'Without Steve, I don’t think I could have brought home triple gold from Beijing'.

The psychiatrist's credentials, which include qualifications in sports medicine, education and psychiatry, is the reason why Hodgson decided to employ him for Brazil 2014 - in order to prevent the players from buckling under the pressure, as well as the unenviable task of ending England's penalty shoot-out woes (should it come to that).

Peters, however, was unfazed by Monday's events. 'The difficulty in sport is that it is always a throw of the dice', he told BBC Sport.

'Sometimes you put a lot of work in, everything is in place, and they don't win. Other times, you think 'wow, I'm not sure we have got this quite right' and then they go and win and you are given false accolades where you think you don't deserve any.

'As long as people have reached the optimum of what they can do, then we live with the outcome because that's sport and it is a bit unpredictable'.

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