Two years after missing out on Alex Teixeira, Liverpool should not be too bothered

Alex Teixeira of Jiangsu FC looks on during the AFC Champions League Group H match between Gamba Osaka and Jiangsu FC at Suita City Football Stadium on March 15, 2017 in Suita, Japan.

The Brazilian headed to China instead of making the move to Anfield.

Alex Teixeira of Jiangsu FC looks on during the AFC Champions League Group H match between Gamba Osaka and Jiangsu FC at Suita City Football Stadium on March 15, 2017 in Suita, Japan.Alex Teixeira of Jiangsu FC

In January of 2016 Jurgen Klopp was going after his main transfer target. The German wanted Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira at Anfield from Shakhtar Donetsk. The player seemed keen, the club seemed keen - everything looked on for a potential transfer switch.

However, Liverpool never managed to agree a fee with the Ukrainian side and Chinese side Jiansu Suning swooped in with an incredible deal for the player, reported by The Guardian to be worth around £38 million, smashing the Chinese transfer record.

Alex Teixeira #10 of Jiangsu Suning reacts during the AFC Champions League 2017 Group H match between Jiangsu Suning and Adelaide United at Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on March 1, 2017...Alex Teixeira #10 of Jiangsu Suning 

It looked to be a big blow for Liverpool. The attacking midfielder had just scored 26 goals in 25 games in the first half of the 2015-16 season, including four in the Champions League and Liverpool were left crestfallen.

Teixeira’s move to China went through two years ago now, so has he shown Liverpool what they are missing?

He has been successful in the Far East, undoubtedly, but his form has certainly not left Liverpool fans wondering what might have been.

He scored 13 goals for the club in the 2016 campaign and this season his side have battled relegation. In all honesty, he has not been the massive success his final stats at Shakhtar suggested he would be in China.

Alex Teixeira of Shakhtar Donetsk #29 scores the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Juventus FC and Shakhtar Donetsk at Juventus Arena on October 2, 2012 in...Alex Teixeira at Shakhtar Donetsk

He has failed to win any silverware with Jiansu and is still not making headway with making the Brazil national squad. He must believe that a move to Liverpool would have been more a step in the right direction for his career.

It could simply be he is operating at a lower level, due to the lower level of competition in the Chinese Super League - but Liverpool fans will not be losing any sleep over this missed transfer from two years ago.

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