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Tuesday, 09 November 2010 21:50

Meireles wants to repeat Porto success with Liverpool

Midfielder feeling deja vu

Portugal international Raul Meireles believes his current club Liverpool can still recover from their poor start to the Premier League season and enjoy a good campaign.

The Reds’ 2-0 victory over Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday was the team’s third league win in succession, and beating the champions has restored some pride to the club after a difficult recent spell under new boss Roy Hodgson.

Liverpool recently went seven matches without a win and spent part of the early stage of the season in the relegation zone. However, Meireles, who arrived on Merseyside at the end of August, sees similarities with the start of his career with FC Porto, which ended with him earning three league titles at the Dragao.

"I'd gone there (to Porto) and everything had changed," Meireles told LFC Weekly magazine.

"A new manager had come in and a lot of new players too. It's similar to Liverpool now. At Porto we didn't start the season that well and here it has been similar.

"When so much changes it takes time to get things right. Now we are starting to move in the right way and we have to continue that.

"Getting used to new methods always takes time for everyone. We eventually got it right at Porto and I think the same is happening here now. I can see the same potential for success here.

"We have some very good players with lots of experience. We also have a very good coach. I think when you have that you can do well. We all think we can go on to have a good season."

Now in 9th place in the Premier League, Liverpool travel to Wigan Athletic on Wednesday night looking to continue their climb up the table.

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Comments (7)
@ Mikey
7 Wednesday, 10 November 2010 04:20
Yes he played as a holding midfielder against Chelsea. He set up Torres' 2nd
@ Mikey
6 Wednesday, 10 November 2010 03:21
According to a good friend of mine who lives and breathes the Pool - Raul has been playing exactly where you suggested. He has been outstanding since the switch - according to my friend, probably the Pool's best play over that stretch.

He is a fan favourite at Anfield.
5 Wednesday, 10 November 2010 01:58
This weekend, Meireles played next to Lucas, behind Gerrard. So yes, Hodgson is starting to realize where to play him. It was his best Liverpool game yet.
Now a Favorite???
4 Wednesday, 10 November 2010 01:54
Now everybody loves him because he now plays for what, Liverpool. Before, everybody was bashing about his long-range shots, his markings, his creativity, etc. even though he was the most consistent player during last year's campaign, playing every matches for the NT, scoring crucial goals. Some of the guys back then even questioned why he was even selected for the World Cup.
Roy Hodgson Is A Little Stubborn
3 Wednesday, 10 November 2010 00:18
Hodgson plays Meireles as a winger for some reason, and Liverpool fans wonder why Raul hasn't been able to reach his top form. Meireles is a pure box to box midfielder. He needs to play just behind Gerard, protecting the back four, starting attacks, and ghosting into the box every so often. That's Meireles' game. Right now, they're wasting one of the world's top holding midfielders.

Does anyone know if Hodgson has played Meireles as a defensive midfielder yet? It hurts to see them squandering a great talent.
2 Tuesday, 09 November 2010 23:54
Simply one of my favourite players. Ever.
His attitude on and off the pitch just seem so inspirational and warm hearted. He seems to put every ounce of sweat and hard work into every one of his matches; whether with the Selecção or with his club, Liverpool (and formally Porto).
It's a joy to watch him play, and I wish him luck and all the best at his new club.
Takes time
1 Tuesday, 09 November 2010 22:22
Liverpool are starting to make strides and had a nice win over Chelsea over the weekend. Plenty of time for them to make up ground and get back in the top four

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