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Liverpool Transfer News: Chelsea Make Late Bid To Snatch Raul Meireles

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22:  Raul Meireles of Liverpool (C) celebrates his second goal with team mates Glen Johnson (L) and Lucas (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at Molineux on January 22, 2011 in Wolverhampton, England.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Antony HerbertAnalyst IIIAugust 30, 2011

When a player of the calibre of Raul Meireles is rumoured to be wanted by a rival like Chelsea, it causes an unease within you. 

Why would Liverpool release the services of a player under constant celebration in the Kenny Dalglish reign? This is especially as the BBC reports that the deal offered by Chelsea is £8 million plus former Reds midfielder Yossi Benayoun. 

The Anfield side have currently rejected the offer, and rightfully so. As a side wanting to increase their title-winning credentials, it would be a ludicrous decision to allow one proven talent to exit and another inconsistent former player to return. 

Chief football writer for the BBC ponders the view that Liverpool may be tempted to accept the offer should Chelsea increase their price, allowing Liverpool to recuperate some of the funds spent on the likes of Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing. 

You can't help but hope that someone implores Dalglish's men to not be tempted by the financial benefits and continue to focus on the longer-term aspects of the club. 

When Meireles returns from the injury to his collarbone sustained in the Carling Cup fixture against Exeter he will no doubt carry on where he left off.

He is the type of player who can locate and position a ball effectively into the feet of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, setting them up for prolific strikes. He is also proven in his own scoring abilities and can further add to his Liverpool goal tally. 

Let us just wish that Liverpool see this promise in keeping him as opposed to the extra funds that will go little way into further strengthening the squad. 

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