SNOOKER world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan has urged Liverpool striker Luis Suarez to seek help from the Essex cueman’s psychologist, insisting it could land the Reds the Premier League title.
O’Sullivan, who last night continued his defence by reaching the semi-finals, credits Dr Steve Peters with helping him control the impulsive behaviour that saw him walk out of a 2006 match with Stephen Hendry.
The 37-year-old believes Peters could aid Suarez in avoiding a repeat of his bite on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, for which he is serving a 10-match ban, and even bring silverware to Anfield.
“I understand what Suarez did. I totally get it,” said O’Sullivan, who is playing in his first tournament following a year away from the sport in order to overcome “personal issues”.
“It’s a moment of madness and you think, ‘Wow, what have I done?’ It’s like me walking out against Hendry. You regret it afterwards, but at that moment you are over-run by these emotions.
“Dr Steve Peters has been great to me. It’s not a quick fix with Steve, but if Liverpool stick with him and Brendan Rodgers they’ll win the title. If Liverpool can have Steve there for four or five years, then they’ll win the Premier League.”