Raul Meireles knows his new Liverpool teammates are hurting after their Carling Cup humiliation.

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."

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