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After nearly signing for Liverpool in £38m move, how is Alex Teixeira faring in China?

Alex Teixeira

Liverpool pursued Alex Teixeira in January, only to see him switch to China instead.

Alex TeixeiraAlex Teixeira

Back in January, Liverpool were strongly linked with Brazilian striker Alex Teixeira, who appeared to be making all the right signals over a move.

The BBC reported that the Reds made a move to sign the forward, who had netted a prolific 22 goals in 16 games for Shakhtar Donetsk.

Yet the Reds could not agree a fee with Shakhtar, and rather than wait until the summer transfer window to clinch his dream move, he made the decision to move to China to sign for Jiangsu Suning.

Alex Teixeira of Shakhtar DonetskAlex Teixeira of Shakhtar Donetsk

The Chinese side paid £38 million for his signature, higher than Liverpool's offer of £28m (via The Mail) and Teixeira jumped ship.

So how has it been going for him in China? 

Well you might think with such a prolific record in Ukraine, plus his three goals in the Champions League group stages last season, he would be tearing up the inferior Chinese league.

But it has not worked out like that so far, with a very modest goal record for the 26-year-old.

Alex TeixeiraAlex Teixeira

Teixeira has just five goals in 19 Chinese Super League games, and three more in other competitions. His overall record in China is eight goals in 30 games.

To his credit he has excelled in other areas, providing 11 assists to go along with these eight goals, but Teixeira has not shown that he would have been the difference maker up front Liverpool fans would have craved.

The switch has not helped his international ambitions either. Teixeira is yet to make his debut for Brazil, missing out on their Copa America squad.

Playing alongside Coutinho and Firmino at Anfield would have helped his profile, and potentially his international chances too.

Teixeira still has plenty of time left in his career, and could well earn a move back to Europe, but he may have been better off waiting until this summer until he had more options, rather than moving to China in February.

Alex Teixeira celebrates scoring against ChelseaAlex Teixeira celebrates scoring against Chelsea

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