Meireles - More to come

Liverpool midfielder looks to improve

Meireles: Wants to improve

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Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles believes he is settling into English football but hopes to improve.

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The Portugal international moved to Anfield from Porto at the end of the summer transfer window and initially found it hard to find his feet.

While he was getting to grips with a different type of game in the Premier League, Liverpool were also struggling as a team.

But performances have steadily got better both personally and collectively, with Meireles starring in an impressive 3-0 victory over West Ham at the weekend.

"I know the team did not start so well when I first signed but you have seen glimpses of what we can do during the recent four-game winning run," Meireles told the Liverpool Echo.

"We lost a couple but we got it back against West Ham.

"The Premier League is difficult and it has been difficult playing in England because all the teams you come up against are good.

"This is more competitive but I am feeling more comfortable. When you are winning, things are always better and all the players are helping me.

"We played some very good football against West Ham.

"We will continue to work hard and I hope my performances can keep improving."

Team player

Meireles is happy to play anywhere as he looks to help Liverpool maintain their charge up the table towards the top four.

"We are on our way to being back up the league again," said the 27-year-old, who flourished in a central role on Saturday.

"We work hard every day to win the games we play but sometimes it doesn't happen like that.

"Thankfully against West Ham we showed our best form and everyone in the team was very good.

"I feel more comfortable playing in the middle but I will play wherever the manager wants me to.

"That's my job and I'm working to be a successful player for Liverpool and to help the team."


While Meireles was bought in the summer to help Liverpool compete for honours as quickly as possible, the club is also looking at the long-term future.

One of their most promising youngsters is Spanish forward Suso and he has now been tied down to his first professional contract.

Having turned 17 on Friday, Suso has signed a deal that keeps him at Anfield until 2013.

Renowned for his good close control and vision, the teenager has excelled for the reserves this season against older and more experienced players.