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Raul Meireles Should Stay & Start Ahead Of Henderson

Following Liverpool FC’s hectic transfer season, Raul Meireles was tossed onto the sidelines. He didn’t seem to feature in Dalglish’s plans and was set to be shipped out.

Two games in, and he’s been given two appearances off the bench, and he’s taken what seemed to be his final chance to stay at Anfield with both hands. His efforts against Arsenal practically single handedly won Liverpool the game, with him playing a part in both goals and demonstrated unselfishness in offering Luis Suarez his second goal of the season on the plate.

In stark contrast, Alberto Aquilani is out on holiday in Tuscany according to reports trying to trigger a move to AC Milan. Well, if he’s going to be like that I think that he is better off going to Milan.

I struggle to understand why we brought in two central midfielders in Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson (and especially Henderson given the massive price tag) when we had Meireles amongst our ranks coming in on the back of a great 2010/11 season.

He brings so much bite to this Liverpool midfield in terms of tough tackling, an absolute corker of a shot, not to mention his passing ability, which is absolutely exquisite.

Against Arsenal, Raul Meireles was more effective in the 20 minutes that he was on than Jordan Henderson ever was in the 70 minutes that he was on. Yes, Henderson was tidy with his passing and offered good tackling in the middle of the park, but Raul Meireles was a whole new creative outlet and created chances for Liverpool, albeit him having the benefit of pace in the form of Luis Suarez instead of Andy Carroll.

But you would think that Henderson would have at least dominated the middle of the park facing up to players such as Frimpong and Ramsey in the Arsenal midfield. I simply don’t understand why Henderson was placed immediately into the Liverpool first XI. Meireles has more experience in the Liverpool team, I would have thought that Dalglish would have taken his time in easing new players into the team, given that he would have required more time to gel with the other players.

In my opinion, for now, it’s Meireles who really deserves that first team spot. Jordan Henderson, whether it be the pressure of playing for Liverpool, the price tag, or whatever reason, isn’t exactly performing to the best of his ability. I just think that Meireles deserves that spot, and not be thrown into the deep end and trying not to get flogged.

The fact that Meireles is being considered in a swap deal for Sturridge simply frustrates me more. He was our best player of our 2011 year bar Suarez and he more than certainly doesn’t deserve to be sold. The player’s class.

Submitted by Two Liverpool Fans




  1. Jim

    August 23, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I stopped reading this when you mentioned Raul as a tough tackler!! I really like him as a player but on more than one occasion last year he pulled out of tackles. He is FAR from a tough tackler mate. Decent player but this article just goes to show the Hyperbole that gets written on some of these so called football sites.

    • Dan

      August 23, 2011 at 11:36 am

      Spot on mate. I love Meireles but one thing he wouldn’t have done for 70mins like Hendo did is chase people down and get stuck in. People need to realise that it’s not just flair that makes a good player. I draw your attention to last season player of the season- Lucas Leiva.

  2. jim

    August 23, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Raul must be a starter kenny ! henderson
    aint ready yet ,simple!

  3. Rob W, Chester

    August 23, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I find it irritating that people quote gossip from the papers as though it is factual when 99% of what is printed about sales and transfers is obviously rubbish (who said Raul was being sold?). If not where are the 150 players we were linked with over the Summer? Even more annoying are people who think that they can manage Liverpool better than Kenny Dalglish. Maybe you were a better footballer as well? Kenny said a few days ago that Raul was injured and needs introducing slowly because of this. I say support your team and let the Manager do his job. I suspect that in time we will find that he is a lot better at it than you would be.

  4. mohamed said

    August 23, 2011 at 11:35 am

    that is the fact Raul should be first choice Kenny!!!!!!!!!! we need to take business seriously in early stage not at the end when is tolet please please make it happen we are counting on you to make it happen at list top four.Henderson he still young he have time to learn and coup in the pettern of our play.we need win on each of the game we play.and we believe that you can make it happen!!!!!

    • ManRule

      August 23, 2011 at 11:39 am

      mohamed am really with you on that one..

  5. ManRule

    August 23, 2011 at 11:36 am

    This swap deal should not work out because we need raul in the first team..he has so much power on the ball and his passing ability brings out goals for us..swapping him to chelsea will only strengthen the chelsea squad..on the part of Raul i think kenny is being unfair

  6. Towson Tom

    August 23, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I would very reluctantly exchange Meireles for Sturridge but only if Aquilani was staying. I rate both Raul and Alberto very highly, but we probably only need one of them, and Daniel would be a great addition to the strike force, we should buy him anyway! What gets me is that i think Suraez has brought the best out of Meireles, Maxi and Kuyt and I think that Aquilani would benefit in the same way, it would be a shame to see any of them go at the moment. Hederson has a great future, but as so many others are saying – he isnt ready yet.

  7. Tahla

    August 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Yes pls kenny make first team raul really its good plyer

  8. sambo abdulrasheed

    August 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    wat is it wit this guy called hendo to me he’s an average player and if liverpool re really goin for the title he shld be on the bench and i know dalgish he will continue usin him i just pray dat gerrard should be back so by then maybe he’s goin to make first XI

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  10. aussie dave

    August 24, 2011 at 1:55 am

    not sure why we are discussing henderson OR mereiles. at arsenal henderson did a good job blunting arsenal in the early part of the game and later on when they were depleted and tired mereiles came on and finished them off. horses for courses and thank goodness we have them both.

  11. Leon

    August 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Kenny knows what he’s doing, and he knows what meireles did last season.
    And don’t forget meireles had a slow start to the season, give henderson a chance to settle.
    In any case, meireles (poor tackler/ great finisher) is better playing just behind a frontman, him and suarez have looked great together in their limited time together.

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