Liverpool Sign Porto Midfielder Raul Meireles

Chris Wright

28th, August 2010


By Chris Wright

THAT didn’t take long! A day after Javier Mascherano finally waltzed through the exit door at Anfield, Liverpool are close to signing his direct replacement after agreeing a £10.7 million package with Porto for their wispy midfielder Raul Meireles.

The 27-year-old Portuguese international (who put in some tireless displays during the World Cup) is thought to have already agreed personal terms with the club and will sign, subject to passing a medical, at some point over the weekend.

As a ‘half-price’ replacement for Masch, the snaffling up of Meireles represents a pretty shrewd piece of business on Liverpool’s part. Manager Roy Hodgson is probably wishing that he’d kept hold of that £4-odd million he fluffed on Christian Poulsen now!

Here’s a little taster of what the Liverpool fans can expect from their new boy…

Meireles plays in a very similar vein to Mascherano in that he’s a yappy, combative midfielder and, although he’s not quite as adept as the Argentinian in the dark arts of destruction and is possibly not quite as imposing, he does display the kind of attacking instincts that Mascher the Basher simply doesn’t possess.

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  1. Pete says:


  2. gaga says:

    looks like a hybrid of mascherano and alonso

  3. spectator says:

    yeah, i mean, there’s no reason why you have to have a defense only holder. when you think about it mascherano did have a tendancy to mis-lay a pass right in front of his own defense, so having someone who doesn’t do that as often is no worse from a defensive perspective. this indicates roy’s more balanced tactics, as opposed to rafa’s which were too negative for mine.

  4. J says:

    Indeed, Ollie. Kinda shows how stupid that Poulsen move was/is.

    As it was Mascherano’s for Barça; I mean, Mascherano will sit down since he has got nothing on Busquets, besides the hard hard-tackling, and that’s not what Barça needs. I mean, is Mascherano going to do Busquets’, like, 80 complete pass streaks? I THINK NOT!

  5. Cory says:

    This guy is fukin quality great but get rid of Lucas and poulsen please they’re utter garbage from wat I’ve seen today 0-0 wi Birmingham

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