Carlos Queiroz says Liverpool’s new signing will prove to be a fantastic asset.
Portugal boss Carlos Queiroz is tipping Raul Meireles to help bring the glory days back to Liverpool.
The former Manchester United assistant manager knows Meireles from his time with national team and believes he has what it takes to be a success Merseyside.
The midfielder, 27, made his £11.5m switch to Liverpool last week to fill the gap vacated by the departure of Barcelona-bound Javier Mascherano.
Queiroz said: ‘I think Raul Meireles is a fantastic player for Portugal.
‘He’s one of the pillars of the national team. He’s a great player and an excellent professional. He has all the conditions to be a success in English football at Liverpool.
‘They have just signed the services of a player who stands out for his application, his professional dedication, his technical and footballing quality, and will be very successful for the Liverpool team.’
Meireles has won four titles with Porto and been capped 38 times by Portugal, playing in all four of his country’s games at this summer’s World Cup.
And his national boss thinks Meireles’s style of play means he will be well suited to life in the Premier League.
‘He’s a box-to-box midfielder, he’s hard-working, creative, is a good finisher,’ said Qeiroz. ‘He’s consistent, very solid, a great team player.
‘He’s a great person who is serious, he’s a player who has a lot of capacity to communicate. He’ll be a great reinforcement for the Liverpool team.’ (Daily Mail)
It will be interesting to see how Meireles fares in the Premier League, he proved during the World Cup that he is a fantastic player. Being a box-to-box midfielder, he is not a direct replacement for Mascherano, but this should see Liverpool adopt a more attacking style of play.
With limited funds, Hodgson has made some decent moves in the transfer market, although he may regret not bringing in another striker if Fernando Torres becomes unavailable.