By Ollie Irish
Raul Meireles (left) has settled in at Liverpool in no time
Portuguese international Raul Meireles arrived at Liverpool – a big new club in a foreign country – at a very, VERY bad time. What with the Hicks & Gillett saga poisoning LFC from within, serious doubts over how long new manager Roy Hodgson would last, and a string of poor performances on the pitch… well, talk about walking into a hurricane.
Under those trying circumstances, you can only applaud the blood-and-sweat manner in which Meireles has started his career at Anfield: sleeves rolled up, no moaning, no nonsense, no gloves, fighting for the cause with passion. He has been Roy Hodgson’s best signing, by far – and that’s despite being played out of position for most of his time at the club. No wonder that the vast majority of Liverpool fans have really warmed to him.
The only question mark over Meireles is, where do you play him when Steven Gerrard is fit? He’s a versatile midfielder who has played several games wide right, to cover for the injured Dirk Kuyt, and he even played at full-back in one game, if memory serves. But these are not the areas of the pitch where you get the