Belfast Telegraph

Meireles relishing Gerrard link up

New Liverpool signing Raul Meireles is looking forward to forming a fruitful partnership with captain Steven Gerrard, a player he rates as one of the top three midfielders in Europe.

The former Porto star moved to Anfield just days before the close of the August transfer window after manager Roy Hodgson spent £10.7million of the proceeds of Javier Mascherano's sale to Barcelona.

He has only played twice with Gerrard, and knows their on-field relationship can only improve, telling LFC Weekly: "For a long time, I have said that Gerrard is one of the top three midfielders in the European game. Along with Michael Essien of Chelsea and Andres Iniesta of Barcelona. Now I am his team-mate. I think we can combine well together."

Meireles said he understands Gerrard's passion in playing for his hometown club as he felt the same at Porto prior to his move.

"I can sympathise with people like Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher because, like me, they are players who have played for the major club in their city," he added.

"That brings pressures that are difficult to deal with because when things go wrong, the local players sometimes feel the frustrations of the supporters a lot more."


From Belfast Telegraph