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Raul Meireles and Andres Villas Boas
The public war of words between Damien Comolli and Raul Meireles following the Portugal international's shocking Deadline Day transfer, Chelsea did little to illuminate the reasons behind the move.
Meireles was seemingly aggrieved that a pay raise, apparently promised to him by the previous administration, failed to materialize, but he claimed that Liverpool officials had asked him to hand in a last minute transfer request when Chelsea came calling.
Comolli naturally denied Meireles' claims in a game of "He Said, He Said" that left fans none the wiser.
It doesn't really matter who was angling for the move, but it's clear that it was the wrong decision for Liverpool.
Charlie Adam's red card will render him ineligible for the Carling Cup match against Brighton, but on another week it could have left the team in the unenviable position of starting either Jay Spearing or Jonjo Shelvey in their next EPL match.
Even with Adam available, it's a matter of some debate as to whether he's a better option than last season's PFA Fans' Player of the Year.
Liverpool fans who watched Meireles' long-pass, which led to Daniel Sturridge's backheel against Sunderland, or his cheeky flick to Lampard against Man U will surely be cursing their luck. The strong on-field rapport he had begun to forge with Luis Suarez will only rub salt in their wounds.
With Steven Gerrard still recovering from the latest in a succession of injuries, and his long-term fitness a doubt, the team could use additional midfield depth. Meireles may have pushed for a move, but if Liverpool had rejected his request, he would surely responded professionally and played his part until January when the club could have sold him and had time to find a replacement.