RAUL MEIRELES is ready to take his impressive form up another level as he insisted his harsh introduction in English football could not have been more beneficial.
The Portugal midfielder was one of Liverpool's top performers in Saturday night's 3-0 drubbing of West Ham United and relished being able to dictate play from a central position.
Meireles, who cost £11.4m when he arrived from FC Porto in August, has been shuttled out to the right flank in recent weeks and, before that, occasionally found things happening too quickly.
His display against West Ham, however, suggested he has now become fully attuned to the frantic pace of the Premier League and the 27-year-old is becoming more confident with each passing day.
What's more, he believes those early troubles will help him and the team going forward and Meireles hopes this latest success is a sign of things to come.
'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,' said Meireles.
'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.