Brighton & Hove Albion’s latest signing Joao Carlos Teixeira has been tipped for a big future by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and captain Steven Gerrard.
The attacking midfielder has joined Albion on a season-long deal after making one appearance for the Reds first-team in a 3-2 win over Fulham back in February.
Speaking after that game, Gerrard revealed he believes it is only a matter of time before the 21-year-old breaks into the first-team at Anfield.
He told Liverpoolfc.com, "I watched this kid a couple of years ago playing for Sporting Lisbon against Liverpool at Anfield in a youth game; I could see straight away he was the best player on the pitch.
“He listens: I've spoken to him in the dressing room and you can see he wants to learn. He has got respect for the other players.
"This is the start for him now; I've just told him that he needs to push on, keep learning and building on what he has just achieved."
Rodgers will be keeping a close eye on the Portuguese under-21 international’s progress during his time on the south coast, having been impressed by the player’s quality and work-rate in training.
Speaking in April, he said of Teixeira, "Joao has been one of the outstanding performers for the reserves. I always observe in training and see where players are at and Joao has looked very good. His intensity and speed of his game proves he has undoubted quality."
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