Rodgers tells rivals

Rodgers tells rivals "hands off Dr Peters"

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has issued a firm “hands off” warning to any other clubs interested in the services of Psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters.

Speaking ahead of his teams top of the table clash with Manchester City on Sunday, Rodgers said  “He’s had chances to go to other clubs but he is very, very happy here so it’s a very important component in our team, in order to help us win – but it’s a component.

“We work technically, tactically and physically with the players and also mentally, and often in football those mental skills get forgotten about. But for me, it’s the key to winning.

“He asked my permission to work with England. Every club I’ve been at I have always worked with a neurologist or sports psychologist. Coming to Liverpool it was important we got in the best.

“When I first met Steve he was not sure about football because he’d always been kept at arm’s length and the experiences he had in football very briefly were not very good.

“But we asked him to come here, he’s done that and worked extremely well. He and I have a very close relationship in terms of the importance of the role.”

Peters, who will take up a role with England during the upcoming World Cup in Brazil has been credited with helping the likes of Daniel Sturridge on the mental side of his game. Captain Steven Gerrard has also prised the work of Dr Peters this season.

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