Director of football Damien Comolli has moved to reassure Liverpool fans that the deadline day sale of Raul Meireles to Chelsea was a GOOD move for the club.
The Portuguese midfielder's west London switch came as a surprise to many, as the Blues opted to pay £12million for the Reds' player of the year, as a proposed deal for Luka Modric failed to materialise.
Having strengthened their playing squad with the arrival of no less than seven new signings at Anfield this summer, it was perhaps inevitable that a number of players would be leaving Liverpool - but Meireles' departure wasn't one that was expected.
"Raul came to see me and said 'I want to leave, I want to play for another club'," Comolli confirmed. "Our intention was not to sell him but we were put in a corner a little bit when he put in a transfer request and said he didn't want to play for Liverpool any more.
"I think the owners and Kenny [Dalglish] have said it, and we all have the same view, when someone doesn't want to be here it's difficult to say 'you are going to stay'.
"We've been through that process in January with Fernando Torres and this felt like the same situation. We've done it and we think it was the right thing to do for Liverpool football club.
"If you have someone who is adamant they don't want to be here and wants to play for someone else, we took the view it's better if he goes and we get the best possible deal for the club. In the end I think we did well."
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has welcomed the addition of Meireles at Stamford Bridge, and played him in both the Blues' Barclays Premier League victory over Sunderland at the weekend and in last night's 2-0 UEFA Champions League group stage opener against Bayer Leverkusen.
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