Meireles handed fans award

The 28-year-old midfielder arrived in late August from Porto in an

£11.5million deal and took a while to settle after being

played in a number of positions by then manager Roy Hodgson. It was

not until Kenny Dalglish replaced Hodgson in early January that the

Portugal international started to find his best form, opening his

account in the Merseyside derby which signalled a run of five goals

in six matches. Those performances earned him the February ESPN PFA

player award and he beat off competition from the likes of

Arsenal’s Samir Nasri, Manchester United’s Dimitar Berbatov, former

Reds team-mate Fernando Torres and Chelsea’s David Luiz to claim

the season award. “Raul has always had the ability he has shown

recently,” said Dalglish. “Maybe he’s settled down a little bit and

is more comfortable and confident because he is playing well but

there’s been nothing drastic [tactically] for any of the players

really. “It is fantastic to see Raul doing so well. He has always

been a talented footballer, he’s always had what we are seeing now

but it’s been trying to get it out and it is coming out now and

he’s scoring goals.”