West Ham ace Lanzini to Liverpool? Reds should play talented Joao Teixeira instead

Liverpool should give Joao Teixeira a chance instead of pushing to try and sign Joao Teixeira.

Despite West Ham's insistence they have a secure first option to sign Manuel Lanzini, Liverpool continue to be linked with the Argentine.

The Mail reported the attacking midfielder is flattered by the interest, but is perfectly happy to remain at West Ham if the club can finalise a permanent deal with Al Jazira.

It is encouraging for Liverpool that new boss Jurgen Klopp is scouring the market for new players, but the opportunity is there for him to take a closer look at Joao Teixeira.

Coutinho's injury against Manchester City means Teixeira is one step closer to a spell of first team football, and now is the ideal time for Liverpool to take a close look at what he can do.

Jurgen Klopp has already selected Teixeira in one League Cup game this season, and with the player's contract set to expire at the end of this season it could be a case of use him or lose him.

In his limited chances in the first team, in pre-season, or for the under-21s, he has impressed, while on loan at Brighton and Hove Albion last season he was one of their best players before he got injured.

Lanzini has been eye catching at West Ham, but whether he can sustain his form, is just as open ended as whether Teixeira can be a first team regular at Liverpool.

With that in mind the Reds should gamble on the player they currently have, and mix him in with Premier League appearances between now and the end of the season, before making transfer decisions next summer one way or another.

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