Liverpool media round-up: Teixeira asking price, Klopp on waiting for Sturridge, Joao Teixeira on contract talks

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A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

News broke yesterday that Liverpool were in talks over signing Shakhtar Donetsk star Alex Teixeira after reportedly bidding around £25 million for the player.

It seems that Liverpool will definitely have to bid higher to land the 26-year-old Brazilian, who has also been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea in recent weeks.

The Daily Mail is reporting that the Ukrainian club want around £30 million for the player, while the Express reports they want around £38 million.

It seems that reinforcing their options in the final third is a priority of Jurgen Klopp's as the strikers have suffered injury problems this season, while the side as a whole has struggled for goals.

Klopp has said that he is prepared to wait for Daniel Sturridge to get his fitness and has dismissed the notion of trying to move the striker on.

The Liverpool boss is quoted in the Daily Mirror, saying: "I don’t have to make a decision about Daniel. Make a decision about what? I have two-and-a-half years left on my contract and have been here three or four months. That’s not a problem.

"We have to patient. That’s not my best skill, to be honest, but in this case I have no other choice.

"To have a player like Daniel in your squad is always a good situation, and when it’s not possible to use him, it’s not a good situation.

“He’s not with the team at the moment, that’s right. But we have enough games this season when we hopefully can use him but not, if nothing happens, for at least the next 10 days."

If training is uninterrupted for Sturridge, then he could be in contention for the Reds' FA Cup fourth round clash with West Ham United a week on Saturday, according to the Mirror's report.

Joao Carlos Teixeira - who scored his first Liverpool goal in the win over Exeter City on Wednesday night - has told the Liverpool Echo he is happy at the club and would like to sign a new contract.

The 23-year-old's current deal expires at the end of the season and the midfielder - who has made three appearances so far this season - is keen to show he can play a role for the first team.

He said: “My contract runs out at the end of this season. I want to stay but we will see what happens.

“I don’t want to think about my future too much right now. I just want to play football. I want to enjoy this moment and try to build on it.

“I just have to keep working hard and keep doing my best in training. Whenever chances come along like this to impress Jurgen Klopp, it’s up to me to show him that I deserve more chances.”

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