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Wednesday, 08 December 2010 16:59

Liverpool boss Hodgson hails “exceptional” Meireles

Midfielder earns praise

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson says he never had any doubts that Raul Meireles would be a success at the club, after the Portugal international put in another impressive display against Aston Villa on Monday evening.

Meireles spoke last month about feeling increasingly comfortable in his new surroundings, following a summer move from FC Porto, and the 27-year-old’s showing in the 3-0 victory over Villa added to his growing reputation at Anfield.

"With Raul Meireles it was always just a question of time," said Reds boss Hodgson.

"He came from a different league but I never doubted his quality as a player. I always knew we'd get something out of him because of his exceptional ability.

"I'm sure we'll get even more out of him now, with the more games he plays as he settles more and more into life in England."

The win for Liverpool means they are in 8th place in the Premier League, seven points adrift of the Champions League places. Meireles has made sixteen appearances for his new club so far this season, with thirteen coming in the league and a further three in Europe.

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Comments (4)
..but
4 Thursday, 09 December 2010 09:39
@Mikey
I have one name for you. Essien.
Raul
3 Thursday, 09 December 2010 02:55
I'd say Hamsik, Essien, Yaya Toure, and Schweinsteiger are better box to box mids. Raul is on par with a Gokhan Inler both very solid players you know what you'll get out of them. I'd have to say that Xabi Alonso is a deep lying play maker hes good at both ends but his strength is his vision and passing like a Sebastian Veron or Andre Pirlo (veloso,paulo sosa). But i agree that hes the type of player that only gets better with age. Hes already showing maturity by not taking as many shots from outside of the box like he was notorious for in the past
One of the Best Box-to-Box Midfielders in the World
2 Thursday, 09 December 2010 00:58
I'd say that Xabi Alonso, Schweinsteiger, and Meireles are the best box-tobox midfielders in the world. Raul has it all; passing, strength, shots, and a real workman like attitude. He'll only improve with age and experience.
Meireles
1 Wednesday, 08 December 2010 21:54
I've seen last Liverpool victory against Aston Villa and Meireles did very wll (much better player than Christian Poulsen).

I wish him luck. I've the feeling that this season we will see Meireles again in Dragao with Liverpool for Europa League (and I hope he lose next time eheh)

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