Meireles vows to win trophies

Portugal star claims Reds supporters are the best in England

Meireles: Wants titles

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Liverpool's new signing Raul Meireles has revealed that he joined the club to win trophies.

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Manager Roy Hodgson signed the Portuguese midfielder from Porto just before the end of the summer transfer window for £11.5million.

The midfielder made his debut as a second-half substitute in the goalless draw at Birmingham on Sunday.

However, the 27-year-old revealed how he endured a disappointing night on his first visit to Anfield in November 2007 when his Porto side were thrashed 4-1 in the Champions League.


He told the club's official website: "I played at Anfield with Porto and I lost 4-1, but I remember the supporters were great. Everybody in Portugal says the Liverpool fans are the best supporters in England.

"I have also played at Chelsea and Manchester United, but I can say the Liverpool fans are the best. Of course, I am excited about playing at Anfield as a Liverpool player.

"I feel very good (to have played at Birmingham), but I was not happy at the end because it wasn't a victory. But the Premier League is fantastic.

"I am looking forward to playing with Gerrard and Torres. Stevie, for me, is one of the best midfielders in the world and Torres is a fantastic striker. I am excited about playing with them.

"I want to win (trophies) because in Porto I won a lot and I have many titles. But I want to win titles at Liverpool - and we have a chance because we have the players."


Meireles admits that it was a difficult decision to leave Portugal for England, but he is confident that his family will have no problem adjusting to their new surroundings.

"When I knew the coach wanted me, I could only say yes because Liverpool are a big club and I am excited to play here," said Meireles.

"It was difficult to leave Porto because they are my team.

"Like Gerrard and Carragher, I had only played in my city, for Boavista and FC Porto. But now it is a new adventure for me and I am happy and excited.

"I like the city. I've found a house for myself, my wife and my daughter and the city centre is beautiful.

"It reminds me of my town, Porto. People like music here, which I also enjoy and I like the Beatles. I think I am going to be happy in this city.

"My message (to the fans) is I will work a lot to win titles at this club. All the supporters want to win trophies and I want to help this team - and this team can help me."

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