Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 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?"

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