Meireles admits he feels sorry for Kop stars Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard after the Carling Cup humbling by League Two Northampton.
The 27-year-old has experience of playing for his hometown club during his time at Porto.
Meireles said: “I can sympathise with people like Steven and Jamie.
“Like me, they have played for a major club in their city. That brings pressures which are difficult to deal with because when it goes wrong the local players can feel the frustrations of the fans a lot more.”