Joao Carlos Texieira anxious to seize moment and take advantage of opportunities at Liverpool

Joao Teixeira

Teixeira has returned to Liverpool after a loan spell at Brighton last season.

Liverpool midfielder Joao Carlos Teixeira has spoken to the Liverpool Echo of the importance of the season ahead for him after returning to the club from a loan spell at Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Portuguese player arrived from Sporting Lisbon three years ago, tipped to be one of the brightest prospects from their academy and a potentially an influential first-team player. 

He has had one or two senior opportunities with the Reds - notably coming off the bench to make a valuable contribution in the 3-2 win over Fulham in February 2014.

Along the way he has had his injuries, having fractured his fibula and damaged ankle ligaments towards the end of last season, but he has looked in pretty good shape during this summer's pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “I played 45 minutes in Bangkok and then to get an hour in the training match was good.

“I am very happy to be back at Liverpool and wearing the shirt again. Getting some minutes is important.

“I am working hard, waiting for my chance and when it comes I’ll do everything I can to take it.

“I haven’t spoken to the manager much yet about where I fit into his plans but hopefully when I get back to Liverpool we’ll have time to speak about that."

He is going to have to do a lot to impress Brendan Rodgers and get into the side on a regular basis, given the amount of talent that is on offer in his area of the pitch.

Teixeira has shown he is technically able and creative during his time in the pre-season games but it is hard to see how he gets into the first team with Philippe Coutinho and new signing Roberto Firmino nailed on to be ahead of him in the pecking order, while Jordon Ibe and Lazar Markovic have both had more experience of first-team action at the top level.

One saving grace for the 22-year-old may be Liverpool's poor performance in the Premier League last season, which means they will be involved in Europa League competition up until December at least, so there is a chance for him to get some game time under his belt there. 

There is also the chance that if things don't go according to plan, Rodgers will think about tweaking his system, offering other players outside of his usual picks an opportunity to shine. All Teixeira can do is, as he has said, impress whenever given the opportunity. 

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