Michael Beale: Joao Texiera has a wonderful opportunity at Liverpool

Michael Beale: Joao Texiera has a wonderful opportunity at Liverpool

Liverpool Under-21’s boss Michael Beale has tipped Joao Teixeira to break into Brendan Rodgers’ squad via the cup competitions this season, as per the club’s official website.

The young Portuguese playmaker has excelled for Liverpool’s youth sides since arriving at Anfield from Sporting Lisbon’s famed academy in 2012, although he has only made one senior league appearance for the club during that period.

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Teixeira, 22, did take in a productive spell at Brighton and Hove Albion in the Championship last term, scoring six goals in 32 Championship games and his current boss has tipped him to become the latest academy star to feature for the first team.

He said: “With the Capital One Cup game with Carlisle United around the corner and the Europa League not far away now, this is a wonderful opportunity for some of the boys like Joao Carlos Teixeira for example to try and stake a claim to be a part of the first-team squad.”

The youngster has been highly rated in his homeland throughout his career, featuring for his country at all levels from the Under-16’s to the Under-21’s, for whom he has played twice and scored once.

He will be hopeful of making the breakthrough at Anfield, as Brendan Rodgers has afforded plenty of young players opportunities since he arrived from Swansea, with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jordon Ibe and Jon Flanagan all flourishing under the Northern Irishman’s tutelage.

Liverpool have created 40 chances in the Premier League this season, the 8th highest total in the division.