Josef de Souza claims Alex Teixeira did want to play for Liverpool

Liverpool wanted to sign Alex Teixeira in the January transfer window.

Speaking to Esporte Interativo, Brazilian midfielder Josef de Souza has claimed that his international compatriot Alex Teixeira did want to sign for Liverpool in the January transfer window.

De Souza said: “Of course he wanted to play for Liverpool, play in the Premier League. But unfortunately the bid that the Chinese club made was far beyond what Skahktar, in first place, could receive from the English club. Liverpool wanted to pay €30m and the guys paid €50m. So it's something out of the ordinary. And the club accepted.”

Teixeira was being tracked by Liverpool during the January window, with Jurgen Klopp keen to add the attacker to his squad from Shakhtar Donetsk.

However, he ended up moving to China, signing for Jiangsu Suning in the middle of the incredible spending spree Chinese clubs went though last month.

The move is not great for the 26-year-old in terms of career development, but he will get rich out of it, and it was actually Shakhtar who played a key role in him moving to China.

They received a bid from Liverpool, but that paled in comparison to the offer made from Jiangsu, and Shakhtar accepted the offer which benefitted them most.

Teixeira wanted to play in the Premier League, and for Liverpool explicitly, but that move could just not come about.

He still has a lot of his career ahead of him, and Teixeira could look to push through a move to England sometime in the future - with Liverpool the potential club to house his talents.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch