Joao Carlos Teixeira may have scored his first goal for Liverpool in mid-week, against Exeter City, but former Red Mark Lawrenson doesn’t believe the 23-year-old has a long-term future at Anfield.
The former Portugal Under-21 international, who spent time on loan with Brighton & Hove Albion last season, played the full 90 minutes on Wednesday night and scored the game’s third and final goal following great build-up play by Christian Benteke.
But Lawro fears the attacking winger will fail to make the grade because competition is too fierce at Anfield - and believes the Portuguese will be offloaded by Jurgen Klopp.
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"Teixeira has great ability, great ability, but he is another number 10," Lawrenson said as a pundit on LFC TV, according to Yahoo. "He is in that position where we have Coutinho, Firmino and Lallana.
“There is too many for him. He is not better than them and probably isn't going to be better than them. So eventually he'll probably end up getting sold."
One Teixeira out, another Teixeira in?
Teixeira has only made a handful of appearances for the Merseyside outfit since joining the club from Sporting in 2012.
One outing in the Premier League and a handful of appearances in the FA Cup and League Cup over the past few years is evidence that Teixeira is finding breaking into the first team a real struggle.
It could well be a case of one Teixeira out and another one in at Anfield this year.
Liverpool are leading Chelsea in the race to sign Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira, according to The Times, but may need to fork out up to £35 million to sign the Brazilian this month.
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