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Raul Meireles Confirmed

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posted Aug 28, 2010

Nothing on the official site yet.

Why oh why didn't we just wait 2 days before agreeing a fee with Barca for Masch?

Could have got another £6m off them now.

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posted Aug 28, 2010

comment by Martin Skrtel A man so hard he wants his name back (U13811226)

its a season lon loan then at the end they can buy for 24 million euros. so we wouldnt of get anything more from them. but 24 million euro didnt they buy him for 40 million euro + eto?

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posted Aug 28, 2010

Martin Skrtel A man so hard he wants his name back (U13811226) i dont i think you got as much as you were going to get for him in the circumstances, thats why it was accepted

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posted Aug 28, 2010

Very happy! Great movement and positioning as well as seems like a real fighter!

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posted Aug 28, 2010

Yeah checked the site myself still nothing, would trust the lads on RTE though, they would not just throw out transfer gossip like a tabloid. hope he is as good as some people are making him out to be, and he keeps Lucas out of our midfield!

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posted Aug 28, 2010

Ah ok, & Barca wonder why they're now screwed financially.

In English please Lettuce.

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posted Aug 28, 2010

Martin Skrtel A man so hard he wants his name back (U13811226) barca wouldnt have offered more cash for mascha even if they did sell ibra which it looks like they havent. under the circumstances ie 2 years on contract left, player stating his desire to leave and everything else you got the most you would ever get for him and should count yourself lucky. smiley

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posted Aug 28, 2010

Guess so, we could have kept him then, but forgetten to offer him a new contract, so he'd leave on a free.

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posted Aug 28, 2010

LETTUCE (U14012502) yes very embarrasing that was but just shows how valued as a player he is, no such mistakes with rodwell thankfully its a shame to lose 4 million but thats all it is really not the end of the world, he is no star just a decent player who will mostly spend his time in the lower leagues

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posted Aug 28, 2010

its a relief to get the cash back at least. Masch is easily replaced, not in the same league as Alonso. What has happened to british DMFs tho? Souness, McMahon, Steve Nicol, Jimmy Case, Sammy Lee where are you now?

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posted Aug 28, 2010

Got this off LFCTV from the telegraph, sounds promising.

The Portugal international midfielder, 27, is expected to sign for the Anfield club this weekend as Roy Hodgson seeks to compensate for the loss of the Argentina international, who is joining Barcelona in a £22million deal.

It is understood that Meireles had been lined up by Barcelona, should they have failed to land Mascherano and sources at the Camp Nou revealed that Meireles would now be joining Liverpool instead. Liverpool will reinvest the majority of the Mascherano money in Meireles, with a deal that could rise to as much as £17m.

Meireles had been strongly linked with a move away from Porto and a departure appeared inevitable when he was omitted from their Europa League squad last week. Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas was resigned to losing the player and it was reported that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson also wanted him to replace Owen Hargreaves.

The signing would represent a coup for Liverpool. Meireles was coveted across the continent after establishing himself as one of the most impressive central midfielders in European football.

He came close to joining Jose Mourinho at Internazionale last season after the Italian club agreed to exchange winger Ricardo Quaresma with Porto but the deal broke down after Quaresma refused to return to Portugal.

Both Chelsea and Barcelona had watched Meireles last season and the player was understood to want a move to an elite European club after six years of success with Porto.

Meireles emerged as one of his country's most promising players in the European Under 16 championships in Israel in 2000, starring alongside Quaresma as Portugal won the title. He joined Porto in 2004, after making his name with Boavista, and has won the Portuguese league title four times in his six seasons with the club.

The heavily tattooed midfielder was promoted to the Portugal team after the 2006 World Cup and has gone on to establish himself in Carlos Queiroz's side, winning 38 caps and scoring 6 goals.

He was part of the squad at Euro 2008 and started every one of Portugal's World Cup qualifying games. He scored the decisive goal in the play-off with Bosnia, effectively qualifying Portugal for South Africa, where he impressed, scoring in the 7-0 rout of North Korea.

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posted Aug 28, 2010

I'm still trying to figure out why Barca swapped Eto'o for Ibra.

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posted Aug 28, 2010

The heavily tattooed midfielder

ugh months in the gym trying to lose some weight off the tatts before we see him play doh

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posted Aug 29, 2010

surely Liverpool are more in need of a striker?

poulsen, Lucas now this guy as well as some youth, even gerrard can and has played as a deep midfielder. apart from Torres can't see where liverpools goals will be scored when he is either injured or off form

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posted Aug 29, 2010

LFC website have now confirmed signing of Meireles. Happy with the signing, need a defender and perhaps another striker, but all depends on funds and if any other platers leave.

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posted Aug 29, 2010

very good player. I thought he was one of the best from Portugal at the WC, with Koschelny coming you need just a forward and reckon you might do well this season. I'm happy Anfield is already over for us...

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posted Aug 29, 2010

Yes, all very good, but I agree that we need to spend the money on an other decent striker. It's good to have a decent player in the squad, but the Citeh failure shows that we need more people who can put them in the onion bag.

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posted Aug 29, 2010

I thot Poulsen was the replacement for Mascherano? Why is Woy spending around 15 million for another central midfielder, after spending around 5 million for Poulsen. The fee from Barca could have been better spent on a right winger or another striker.

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comment by auna (U14100128)

posted Aug 29, 2010

Am still fuming on the fact that we sold Mashcerano for 17 m instead of 25 coming out of the world cup and being a young ind emand midfielder and now we buy this guy for 12 M.If we got 25 M, we could have bought a decent striker as well.Now we got 5 million left and i am sure Roy is going to bring someone cheap in. sorry to say but LFC is becoming like Fulham 2. Surely Torres will leave next year and then who else we got.Javier is gone.Stevie is getting old and Cara is already old. It seems our world class players are leavign instead of coming and that is not a sign of progress. Poulsen Miereles and Lucas ...those are not names in teams that usually win something. Pray for a Skeikh to come in and buy the club so that he can sign a blank check because we now need around 1 BN (Debts 300m 300m for stadium and 400 for world class transfers) to get this team in the champions seat again and get respectable as one of Europe's most feared yet again

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posted Aug 29, 2010

Before we got Meireles, we had only lucas, gerrard and poulsen, 2 of whom are attacking midfielders by nature (lucas ain't no gerrard, but in AM from what I've seen he isn't shabby.) for centre mids. If Gerrard gets injured and Torres is the only striker fit, this frees up lucas to play in his preferred position.

N.B. I know little about spearing but he appears to be more squadplayer than future first teamer.

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posted Aug 29, 2010

Avinasha, calm down. One, Mascherano probably has a clause in the contract for the fee to rise upon appearances etc. Two he was not happy and three, Meireles is a more than competent replacement.

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posted Aug 29, 2010

Lots of talk generally about Mascherano being a "great" player? Hm. Very good defensive midfielder, but could not pass beyond 10 yards and his shooting was risible for a captain of his country. His temperament was also seriously dodgy when the pressure came on.

If this guy Mierlees is 80% as good a defensive midfielder, but can pass properly and hit 5 goals a season, he will be better for Liverpool than JM.

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posted Aug 29, 2010

happy we are getting an international I have actually heard of. We have a long season ahead the bigger the squad the better. we are well shot of masch had we dragged it on it would have a knock on effect to morale.
left back and a forward and we will look a lot more solid, lets hope nando gets off the mark today and boosts his flagging confidence.

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comment by David (U14385231)

posted Aug 29, 2010

He looked good at the WC. Mascher did not want to play, so we needed a class replacement. Agree with the others though, we desperately need a striker...and for Nando to find form and stay fit - quickly.

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posted Aug 29, 2010

Meireles is a good player ,not a defensive midfielder.If the aim is for him to replace Mascherano someone in Anfield made a really bad deal.He always plays with a defensive midfielder behind him an an atacking midfielder in front of him either in porto or for Portugal.Good luck!

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posted Aug 29, 2010

Looks a much better team player than Masch. I always had the feeling with Masch that he is never going to score, and not likely to finish the game. Signing Mierlees will mean that Gerrard can push further forward again with Torres.

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posted Aug 29, 2010

I like Meireles and have always thought he was a decent player. Holding midfielder again but he does have fairly good pace and his passing from what i've seen is pretty good. A good replacement, decent age and not a bad price.

Pretty happy. Just need a striker now which won't be cheap for a quality partner for Torres and i think the owners won't want to dish out more than what has come in.

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posted Aug 29, 2010

Personally Mascherano leaving is probably a good thing for Liverpool as he was a liability on the pitch at the best of times. Not exactly the cleanest of players on the pitch and his range of passing was poor and as one poster stated he was hardly a match winner for Liverpool. Meireles looks like a competant player but is he the type of player to push Liverpool for 4th place? I doubt it and I expect a similar finish as last season for Liverpool. The start of a rapid decline for Liverpool??

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posted Aug 29, 2010

Seems like a good buy for £11.5 mill in this inflated market though..

International and European experience usually comes at more of a price, considering that players like Kenwyne Jones are only worth 2-3 million less...

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posted Aug 29, 2010

I have not seen this guy play, but for someone who has won 4 league titles and played at the world cup he must have something special about him.

Toure was a barca squad player who towards the end could not get a game and city paid 24m for him.. @ 200k a week.

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posted Aug 29, 2010

We've got him and thats that. whether he plays well, only time will tell.

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posted Aug 29, 2010

I still find that the loan of Aqulini is a mistake which will cost us later on in the season.

As for a LB, I would love to see Fábio Coentrão, to cover LB or LW

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posted Aug 29, 2010

comment by herdegerdeferdichickens (U9236360)

posted 18 Minutes Ago

I have not seen this guy play, but for someone who has won 4 league titles and played at the world cup he must have something special about him.

Toure was a barca squad player who towards the end could not get a game and city paid 24m for him.. @ 200k a week.


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Hah! I'm not saying Yaya was worth 24m but calling him only a squad player at barca is a little misleading... Fabregas would only be a squad player over there and he's easily one of the best midfielders in the world!


As for Meireles has won league titles and been to the world cup, that means nothing really does it. So has Babel but it doesn't mean he's any good winkeye


As someone pointed out though the more the merrier in my opinion, I personally woulda liked to hold onto Aquilani and spend the 10m on a winger or striker but Roy knows better I hope!

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posted Aug 29, 2010

How many EPL fans actually know anything about players outside their league. "dont know much about him" , "not seen this guy play". Must be amazing living in that little bubble.

Excellent signing imo

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posted Aug 29, 2010

Great signing imo - quick,good passer, aggressive and he gets forward. I like Mascherano but this guy is not a straight replacement - more to him than that. Reports are around 10 million (from the LFC site)so there may be some cash left. I do think we need another striker. Toivanen could be a good shout if we can afford him.

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posted Aug 29, 2010

sssspurssss (U8682389)
posted 3 Hours Ago

surely Liverpool are more in need of a striker?


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Liverpool need a winger (wide player).

Kuyt can revert to striker and there's always Babel or N'Gog in dire emergencies. But they need someone to come in round the flanks - Kuyt is hopeless at this - and give Torres some real service.

Just my thoughts.

BTW I know nothing of this new guy, hope he's OK and we can rely a little less on Lucas.

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posted Aug 29, 2010

Yet again Fans and senior players have been let down by promisses of additional quality players coming in.

We have only had replacements for players who have left, we havent had any additional new players come in, so we are no stronger than last season, at the moment I believe our squad is weaker.

Cole for Yossi - same
Milan for Riera - same
Meireles for Mascha - same
Aquilani loaned out - no replacement - weaker

I would love to see a versitle player arrive on the left, and to be honest, one of the best LB/LW's at the world cup was Fábio Coentrão from Oporto (same as Meireles)

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posted Aug 29, 2010

All i can say in well done Roy, a great bit of business, Only a few weeks ago Chelsea bid 15m for Meireles, but while Man Utd considered a bid we sold him from under there noises.
The 11m or so we paid for a guy in the last yr of contract may seem allot but Meireles is worth allot more than we paid, Lucas has been disappointing with Alquilani off on loan we are short in mid field area – Shelvey and Spearing can only to be consider bit part players this season.

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posted Aug 29, 2010

As an Arsenal fan I'm suprised to read some of the negative comments on here about this signing. Meireles was brilliant at the W/C and he is a top player. What's more than that, he wants to play for Liverpool, whereas Mach wanted out.

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posted Aug 29, 2010

I disagree entirely portlandbill. Aquilani barely played at all for Liverpool, so he hardly counts as a loss for the squad. And you've forgotten Poulsen and Collins, and a probably Konchesky.
Plus, with N'Gog and Kelly coming on so strongly we've almost got two new squad players this year. Perhaps you can add Pacheco to that list.

Our defence will be a LOT stronger this year if we sign Konchesky, with 10 defenders in the squad compared to last year's 7, while our midfield has grown overall by one (and a half considering Aquilani will only ever play half a season!).
The one thing I want to see is a real right winger come in to let Kuyt return to a central striker position. He's good enough as a backup, especially if we have the creativity of a pacey right winger pumping crosses in. Frankly I think Cole could do that job if we don't have the finances but he's somehow managed to convince the manager that he deserves the Gerrard role. We actually have Steven Gerrard playing the Gerrard role, so I don't think we need to replace him.

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posted Aug 29, 2010

comment by Ed Bligh (U11593303)
posted 29 Minutes Ago

I disagree entirely portlandbill. Aquilani barely played at all for Liverpool, so he hardly counts as a loss for the squad.
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Ed - Everyone to thir own mate, but I cannot believe that you have dismissed Aquilani so easily.
This guy is now fully fit and he has excellent ballskills which I would have loved to see with J Cole
They guy is Massivley rated in Italy and now fully fit, would have shown his true potential.

We havent sold him, so the best you can say is we benifit on his wage, I think we should have kept him this season.

I think it was an unesesarry move which may hit us later in the season

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posted Aug 29, 2010

A good player. But not great yet. Have seen quite a bit of Portugal because of Ronaldo and Nani and he is certainly better than Lucas and Poulsen. His presence in the team might free up Gerrad to play his more effective role just behind the striker.

Probably destined for a bigger side and competition than Liverpool and the Europa League but unfortunately most top teams in the world are well set in the central midfield slot (particularly the role he plays).

That said I think he would have been an energetic and useful addition at United but at 27 he is probably not the right age for us. That said 10 million is an excellent price for him.

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posted Aug 29, 2010

comment by portlandbill (U6220271)
posted 48 Minutes Ago

Ed - Everyone to thir own mate, but I cannot believe that you have dismissed Aquilani so easily.
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I'm not dismissing him - I'm just saying we're not actually weaker than last year for having lost him, because he practically wasn't there last year.
We basically have lost the opportunity to gain him, if you see what I mean. But he's been replaced anyway, so we are gaining from a new player rather than gaining from a player returning from injury.

In the end Aquilani will probably sign for Juve if he's fit now because he looks quality, so we'll see more funds brought in for squad reinforcements. Or debt repayments.

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posted Aug 29, 2010

Chelsea fan here. Was hoping we'd go for Meireles but we payed the bit extra for Ramires instead. Quality player, will always put in maximum effort, very underrated

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posted Aug 29, 2010

portlandbill,,are you one of those who does'nt know much about football
outside of the premier?
coentrao is a benfica player and not fc porto,
notice its porto and not oporto,oporto means the port as in,are you going to the port?
the name is futebol clube do porto,as in football club of liverpool or manchester,
or futebol clube de barcelona,football club of barcelona.

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posted Aug 29, 2010

rob needham,,i think you should have got meirelles instead of ramires,saw a lot of both players last season
and for me raul is the better player.

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posted Aug 29, 2010

On the subject of needing a man on the right, what about Maxi Rodriguez?

Nearly job done now, surely?

Reina
Johnson - Agger/Skrtel/Carra - Konchesky
Poulsen
Maxi - Meireles - Cole
Gerrard
Torres


That would be my ideal staring XI, also noting how many of our players can interchange positions, and we have some sort of depth in Lucas, Kuyt, Babel and Jovanovic...

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posted Aug 29, 2010

Meireles is a good signing, this from a Porto fan who's sorry to see him go, but he's been with the club a while now, and we couldn't expect him to stay much longer. He's a tireless worker in the midfield, he'd put in a very good shift and was very important in both defending and attacking plays, but he didn't get much recognition because of the better known midfield players around him. He has a bit of a temper at times, and has been known to show it, but only on rare occasions. All in all a good defensive midfielder who can shoot well from distance, and also a great crosser of the ball.

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