Alex Inglethorpe: Joao Carlos Teixeira ‘certainly has the talent’ to make it at Liverpool

Inglethorpe believes Teixeira can go all the way and make it at Liverpool.

Speaking to the official Liverpool website, academy director Inglethorpe praised Teixeira, and suggested that he has the talent to break into Liverpool’s first-team and become a star.

He said: “Joao is a really good boy to work with, I'm really close with him and I hope he can make that final push into the first-team squad once he gets back from his injury. He certainly has the talent and it's now a case of putting the final pieces in the jigsaw together for him and make him ready for Brendan to select him when he is back to full sharpness.”

Inglethorpe certainly believes Teixeira has the talent to succeed, and from his successful loan spell with Brighton earlier this season, it is hard to not agree with the coach.

The 22-year-old winger made 35 appearances in all competitions for the Seagulls, scoring five goals and registering three assists in a side notable for their lack of attacking flair.

For many games of the campaign the Portuguese youth international carried his side in the attacking third.

However, his season came to an early end, suffering a broken leg in April during a 0-0 draw with Huddersfield Town. That injury has stalled his development, and will likely prevent him from taking part in Liverpool’s pre-season, but it also means that he is likely to stay with the Reds into next season.

This should allow him the chance to feature at Under-21 level to get back to fitness, and if he impresses with his incredible talent, he may just do enough to convince head coach Brendan Rodgers that he deserves a chance in the first-team for next campaign.

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