Who needs Konoplyanka? 5 goal in 7 game wonderkid ready for Liverpool chance

Brendan Rodgers is impressed with Joao Teixeira and could offer him a chance in the first team.

The talent in Liverpool's youth ranks is not limited to the impressive Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe, both who have broken through into the first team.

Another tipped to join them is Joao Teixiera, who manager Brendan Rodgers has been talking glowingly about earlier today.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "I have contact with Alex Inglethorpe on a daily basis and Joao has been one of the outstanding performers for the reserves.

"I always observe in training and see where players are at and Joao has looked very good. His intensity, the speed of his game – he has undoubted quality and he has showed up very well. We have brought in a number of young players to be around the squad."

Teixieira was signed from Sporting Lisbon two seasons ago for £800,000 but injuries and a poor loan spell at Brentford seemed to curtail his progress.

He has been in superb form for the under-21s this season, scoring five goals in seven games.

Teixeira is a left winger capable of also playing centrally, and now would be an opportune time for him to make his breakthrough into the Liverpool first team.

Liverpool attempted to sign winger Yevhen Konoplyanka on deadline day, but their failure to do so may yet provide a youngster like him with an avenue to force his way into the first team.

With Liverpool competing for the FA Cup and Premier League, the extra impetus a talented youngster could provide could be ideal, and with the team high on confidence, now is the time at which a player like Teixeira could thrive. 

His contract is currently set to expire in June, but Rodgers' comments appear to hint it's a certainty he will be offered a new one if he continues his progression between now and the end of the season.

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