Liverpool legend Ian St. John has compared rising starlet Joao Teixeira to Wayne Rooney after an impressive debut appearance against Fulham.
The Portuguese youth international came off the bench for the Reds in their 3-2 win at Craven Cottage, and was involved in the build-up that saw Daniel Sturridge win a penalty – converted by Steven Gerrard – in injury-time.
Whilst his cameo appearance began in the 81st minute, St. John believes he saw enough to be very excited for the 21-year-old’s future.
“Another big positive from the night was seeing Joao Teixeira come on and make the impact he did, I think we’ve just witnessed the emergence of a really good kid,” he told 5times website.
“I remember being on holiday watching Wayne Rooney’s debut on the TV and thinking ‘this boy can play’ and Teixeira reminded me of that moment. His movement was great, he didn’t look phased by the occasion and got stuck in as well which is where some young players can be found out.
“He looks like he’s got real quality about him.”
St. John enjoyed a decade of success with Liverpool, joining the club in 1961 and winning a second division title, two first division titles and an FA Cup. The Anfield outfit also won three Charity Shields during his spell on Merseyside.
Teixeira, meanwhile, joined the Reds in 2012, having spent time with both Braga and Sporting Lisbon in his homeland.
A loan spell at Brentford failed to work out last season, but the midfielder has got himself into first team contention at Liverpool and was on the bench again at the weekend for the FA Cup defeat to Arsenal.
Whilst St. John’s comparison might be a little early, Brendan Rodgers will hope the youngster can develop like the England international has over the past decade. If he does, Reds fans could witness something special.