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Sterling hails sports psychiatrist influence

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By Jonathan Nightingale

Wednesday 30 April 2014

Raheem Sterling has sung the praises of sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters and believes working with him has helped him to reach the top form that is currently lighting up the Premier League, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Peters holds regular sessions with players and has been described as the ‘mind mechanic’, leading to England boss Roy Hodgson calling upon his services for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

And 19-year-old Sterling believes that these sessions have paid dividends since his recall to Brendan Rodgers side back in December.

Sterling said: “The way he works is brilliant. At first I thought it wasn’t for me. On the outside you might think it’s complicated, but all the messages are very straightforward.

“He understands the players and the emotional side of the game. What he says really helps you.”

After breaking onto the scene last season Sterling endured a sluggish start to the current campaign, but has since blossomed and has scored nine goals in 31 appearances so far - putting himself in contention to play for England at the World Cup.

The winger put in a man of the match display for his country back in March in the 1-0 friendly win over Denmark and could be one of the names heading the Brazil this summer.

And Sterling believes he has a new found belief to his game, something showcased by his cool finish against Manchester City.

He added: “After a good start (to last season) I started looking for easy options rather than taking a chance myself, beating a man, taking a shot on myself.

“I’d stopped being natural, all the things that I’d done which got me into the first team in the first place.

“You could look at the City goal as an example. I’m not trying to sound cheeky or over confident but three or four months ago I would have squared rather than take the responsibility all for myself.

“I realised I had to start stamping my personality, running with the ball, running into the box, making goals, scoring goals.”

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