Liverpool icon John Aldridge says Raul Meireles leaves for Chelsea with his "head held high".

In his column for the Liverpool Echo, Aldo opined: "Meireles left just before the deadline and I wasn't surprised. I always thought one midfielder would move on and he was the most likely.

"Meireles, like Joe Cole, Dani Pacheco and Alberto Aquilani, can't really play in the 4-4-2 structure that Kenny likes.

"He was used out wide but everyone can see he's no winger. Meireles needs a role in a three-man central midfield - that's the way Chelsea play.

"He went with his head held high because he did a decent job. I think £12million was fair so it was a good deal for everyone.

"It was a nice gesture on Liverpool's part to sell him to Chelsea.

"After all Chelsea have played a massive role in turning Liverpool around. The £50million they gave us for FT enabled us to buy Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll and the £5.5million for Yossi Benayoun also helped rebuild our squad. Maybe letting them have Meireles is a little thank you for everything they have done!"

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