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Liverpool striker Borini reveals benefits of using sports psychologist

Fabio Borini may have had his critics since arriving at Liverpool but that has not dented his self-belief, helped by the support of personal mental coach Roberto Civitarese. And it was he to whom he turned after his latest setback having briefly spoken to Dr Steve Peters, the sports psychologist brought in by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers after his successful work with many of Great Britain's Olympians.

"I think it is a thing that, in modern football, can be really helpful," Borini said.

"I really appreciate talking to psychologists and I will talk to them again.

"I opted for it to make something change in what I was doing: I was at Chelsea at the time and I worked with him for almost one year to get the mentality right.

"After getting all the mental things right I got my debut in the Premier League.

"On the pitch I've had really good results from what I did and it is a special thanks to him because he really helped me in a difficult moment.

"It has really helped me because I could see the results. You can control yourself better under pressure when you have big games coming up or a bad situation like an injury and you deal with problems better.

"I stopped (consulting Civitarese) for one year because I chose to see if I could do it on my own but after my (latest) injury I decided I needed to work with him again.

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