Liverpool's Raul Meireles vows to up his game after best performance of the season against West Ham

22 November 2010 03:17
He's been on Merseyside for three months but still Liverpool's Raul Meireles believes he must raise his game if he is to have a positive impact on English football.

The Portuguese midfielder was signed by Roy Hodgson for £11.5million in the aftermath of Javier Mascherano's switch to Barcelona.

However Meireles has been poor by the high standards he set himself at Porto, where he won four league titles and was capped 42 times by his country.

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On Saturday he produced arguably his finest performance for Roy Hodgson in the 3-0 win at home to West Ham. And now he wants to use that as a platform for future success at Anfield.

'The Premier League is difficult and it has been difficult playing in England because all the teams you come up against are good,' said the the 27-year-old. '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.

'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,' he said. 'We played very well on Saturday and it was a good performance. We are on our way to being back up the league again.

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'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.'

World Cup star Meireles is set for a prolonged stint in his preferred position of central midfield following Steven Gerrard's hamstring injury suffered on international duty last week.

In the interview with Liverpool's official website, he added: '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.' 

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Source: Daily_Mail

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