Steven Caulker’s struggles with mental illness and addiction

Duncan Oldham

We didn’t really see much of Steven Caulker when he joined Liverpool on loan in January 2016. It wasn’t a signing I welcomed or really understood at the time, to be honest, but he still turned out for the Reds so it was of interest to me when I stumbled on an article in The Guardian today titled: Steven Caulker: ‘I’ve sat here for years hating myself … This year was almost the end’.

Steven talks about the struggles he’s had with mental illness, gambling and drinking. He talks about having these problems also while at Liverpool.

“In Liverpool I was waking up in the middle of the night throwing up, people were blackmailing me, club owners and bouncers: ‘Pay money or we’ll sell this story on you.’ And I had no idea what I’d even done on those blackouts. I eventually told the club I couldn’t function and needed to go back into rehab.”

It must have taken a lot of courage for Steven to open up in this interview and I really do wish him all the very best with his recovery.

I just wanted to bring this article to your attention in case you weren’t aware of it.

Duncan Oldham

About Duncan Oldham

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Duncan Oldham is an online entrepreneur, a football writer, a football news analyst and commentator, a video blogger, proud father and grandad.