Joao Teixera has been at Liverpool for a couple of seasons but has enjoyed a rapid rise to the first team in recent weeks, indicating he is about to make up for lost time.
Injuries had delayed the former Sporting Lisbon youngster's progress in his first season, while a loan to Brentford never really worked out.
A 7 goal in 11 game blitz for the under-21s saw him called up to train with the first team in January, and a fortnight ago Brendan Rodgers declared how impressed he was with him, before handing him a debut away at Fulham.
Steven Gerrard praised him after that match, stating he had been a fan of his talent ever since watching him for Sporting Lisbon's NextGen side against the Reds.
Now Teixeira has had a say of his own, on his journey so far, speaking to Portuguese website zerozero.pt saying he was delighted to hear of his captain's comments:
"The words of Gerrard is a further incentive to continue working hard because he is a gentleman of world football, who has had a 15-year career at the highest level.There is only one reference in Liverpool, and nationwide."
He had positive words also for Uruguayan Luis Suarez, stating: "Luis is a very funny super quiet person and giving good advice, is not at all what many say. Always in the game, in the locker room, at practice, is always ready to make jokes."
Teixeira also discussed how when Liverpool tried to sign him, he had a fractured spine, yet the Reds wanted him so much they pushed through a deal regardless, for which he is grateful.
"It has been a very good experience, only at the beginning it was very complicated, because I was injured back in the first seven months. When they did (the) medical, (they) discovered I had a broken back, but wanted to sign me the same, which was a vote of confidence. I ended up here where they preferred to treat me and I was able to adjust to the city and the club."
Liverpool face Swansea at Anfield at the weekend, where Teixeira is hoping again to be in the squad. If it will, then any appearance will be his home debut, at a stadium he rates highly.
"Anfield is amazing, all the support you give from the 'You Will Never Walk Alone' before the game begins until the end, is a fantastic atmosphere. Football in England is something else."
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