Liverpool were expedient in replacing the departed Javier Mascherano in a smash and grab job for Raúl Meireles, Porto’s long-time defensive midfielder. The 27-year old Portuguese international was available to the Reds for £10.7m and will be almost immediately inserted into the starting XI as Mascherano’s direct replacement. Having spent the past six seasons at Porto, Meireles will step much more into the limelight with his move to Anfield Road. But the midfielder has performed well in big games before, scoring against Chelsea in the Champions League and against North Korea in the World Cup this summer.


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