This is one of the few surprising transfers out of Liverpool which has fan opinion split, particularly last season when he became such a great hit with Liverpool supporters thanks to impressive displays under Dalglish.
All summer there has been murmurings about whether Meireles will be leaving the club, with rumoured contract disagreements being the root cause of Meireles wanting out of Liverpool. If you're getting paid less than other players who do the same job, you'll want more money or want to find a way out.
The transfer is particularly hurtful to fans though because of the fact he handed in a transfer request so close to the deadline and moved to Chelsea in a £12m move. Comparisons to the Fernando Torres transfer last January have been made, but that turned out to be good business in the end.
At 28-years-old, Meireles was given a four-year contract by his new club, something he certainly wouldn't have received at Liverpool. Then when you consider that he wasn't really doing enough to get a first team starting place and also the face that Liverpool have Steven Gerrard coming back into the squad, it makes Liverpool's decision to sell the player all the more clearer.
However that doesn't stop it from hurting the fans.
He was a fan favorite and gave Liverpool some added depth to the bench, which they now lack.