Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has found support from an unlikely source in snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan.
The Daily Star report that the four time world snooker champion can see similarities between himself and Suarez. He believes that sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters can help the Uruguayan get over his problems.
O’Sullivan is considered by many pundits to be the most naturally talented snooker player of all time. However, he has been haunted by depression over the years which has perhaps prevented him from winning as much as he could have.
O’Sullivan has had problems in the past
O’Sullivan’s career is still going strong and he puts that down to the time he has spent with Dr Peters. The Rocket has had his problems in the game and once famously walked out on a match against Stephen Hendry.
Speaking of that incident he said: “Sometimes things like that could have been avoided if you had dealt with them earlier. Maybe if I could have diffused what was going through my head I wouldn’t have got to that point where I shook Hendry’s hand and gave up.”
He believes that Suarez has similar issues and that Dr Peters could help him with them. Suarez has been banned for 10 games after biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. He has been widely condemned by the football world but O’Sullivan has some sympathy.
Overrun by emotions
He said: “I understand what Suarez did, I totally get it. It’s like me walking out against Stephen Hendry.
“It’s a moment of madness and you think, ‘Wow, what have I done?’ You regret it afterwards but at that moment you’re overrun by these emotions.”
O’Sullivan is so impressed with Dr Peters that he believes the psychiatrist could be the man to turn Liverpool into a superpower again if they were to employ him full time.
He could help Liverpool become champions
He said: “If Liverpool can have him there for four or five years then they’ll win the Premier League.
“They will become like Manchester United, resilient, strong and hard to beat, like Liverpool in the 1980s when they were untouchable.”
Dr Peters already works with some Liverpool players and also helped some of the Team GB Olympians before they went on to win gold medals.