Liverpool academy director Alex Inglethorpe explains the benefit of Joao Carlos Teixeira’s injury

Joao Teixeira

Teixeira broke his leg whilst on loan with Championship side Brighton.

The 22-year-old playmaker is set to be on the sidelines for a number of months, but Reds academy boss Alex Inglethorpe has told the official Liverpool website that he believes there is one benefit to the injury happening at this point of the season.

He said: “After the initial disappointment he has got his head around the fact that arguably if there was ever a good time to be injured, which of course there isn't, then he accepts it's probably now, because it means he has a greater chance of being available for the start of next season.”

Teixeira’s campaign with Brighton certainly suggests that he is good enough to claim a role in Liverpool’s first-team next season, with his 32 appearances in the second tier bringing six goals and three assists.

Despite his young age, Teixeira has been one of the best players in the Championship, and one of the few attacking forces in a Seagulls side who have been fighting off relegation for much of the campaign.

He averages two key passes per game, two successful dribbles per game, and 2.1 shots per game, showing just how involved he is in the final third.

Obviously his injury will curtail much of the progress the attacker has made this season, and he will face a fight to get back to full fitness before next season. However, he is right to believe that his injury has come at a great time for him, with a speedy recovery likely to guarantee he will be able to feature in pre-season.

After having such a strong year in the second tier, Teixeira will have to come back from his injury in even better form if he intends to usurp the likes of Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho from the first-team and cement himself as a key part of Brendan Rodgers’ plans.

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