Joao Teixeria admits it's make or break time at Liverpool this season.
Teixeria signed for the Reds in 2012 from Sporting Lisbon for £830,00 and was hailed as "the new Deco."
He made his debut for the first-team during Liverpool's 3-2 victory against Fulham in February 2014, however, that is his solo performance.
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Teixeria has instead spent his time playing for Liverpool Under-21's and had loan spells at Brentford and spent the whole of the 2014/15 season at Brighton and Hove Albion where he was voted the club's Young Player of the Year.
The Portugal youth international has returned to Anfield and was part of Brendan Rodgers' pre-season tour of the far east and Australia and netted in an exquisite 40 yard during a 60 minute practise game against Felda United in Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia, earlier this week.
With Rodgers spending heavily this summer to improve his squad, including £29 million signing Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim, Teixeria feels that he must take his chance before it's too late.
“This is my third year here and it’s a big season for me,” the 22-year-old told the Liverpool Echo.
“I really want this. I want to play for Liverpool.
“I am working hard, waiting for my chance and when it comes I’ll do everything I can to take it.
“I haven’t spoken to the manager much yet about where I fit into his plans but hopefully when I get back to Liverpool we’ll have time to speak about that.
“I know all the minutes I get and all the training, the manager is watching. I do whatever I can to impress him.”
Attacking midfield is a position already saturated at Teixeria will have to seriously impress to break into Rodgers' side.
Philippe Coutinho won four prizes at Liverpool's end of season awards earlier this year, including Players Player of the Year, and is Rodgers' go to man to create chances in the team. Coutinho has the ability to frighten and menace defenders and was voted in the 2014/15 PFA Team of the Year.
Firmino is a number ten who plays in a similar role to Teixeria, also. Given his efforts at Hoffenheim and for Brazil, where he's scored four goals from ten games, and the hefty price-tag paid for him, he'll likely be heavily used this season.
Liverpool also have Adam Lallana on their books. His first season at Anfield was hit-and-miss, however, he proved at Southampton that he has the ability to thrive in the Premier League and should be much better settled for this campaign.
Suso's role at the Reds could mirror Teixeria's future. Suso was highly touted as a youth player who joined the club aged 17, but, was given limited opportunities and left for AC Milan earlier this year.
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