Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Dalglish pleased with the Raul deal

Raul Meireles

Raul Meireles' rediscovery of something approaching his best form has Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish relishing the prospect of a new attacking midfield combination with returning captain Steven Gerrard.

The Portugal international's second goal in as many games in the 3-0 victory at Wolves was even better than the swerving drive he hit in last week's Merseyside derby. Meireles smashed home a dipping 25-yard volley just after half-time between a Fernando Torres brace.

"It is always helpful. The more the goals are spread around the more benefit it is for the team," said the 59-year-old Scot, who won his first match in four attempts having taken over from Roy Hodgson, his first victory as Liverpool manager in nearly 20 years. "Since I came in Raul has been really impressive."

For once Spain international Torres' performance was overshadowed by that of Meireles, who was a deserved man of the match in the advanced midfield role usually occupied by Gerrard having also set up the first goal.

The England captain will return from a three-match suspension to face Fulham at Anfield on Wednesday, giving Dalglish plenty of creative options in midfield.

He added: "We've got our captain coming back on Wednesday night and he is a goalscorer in the middle of the pitch.

"So if we have got three goalscorers (including Torres) on the pitch we've a chance haven't we?"