Liverpool star Joao Teixeira has warned Jurgen Klopp that he is not happy with his current role in the squad, suggesting he could leave if the situation doesn't change.
With just five months left on his contract, the Reds are in danger of losing the 23-year-old for absolutely nothing at the end of the season as they struggle to tie him down to an extension.
Teixeira, a Portugal Under-21 international, has hardly played for Liverpool since joining from Sporting Lisbon in 2012 but experienced moderate success during a loan spell with Brighton last season.
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He told the Sunday Mirror: “I haven’t played much. I’ve been on the bench a lot and I don’t like that. I’ve played five times for the first team and I’ve scored my first goal at Anfield which is special.
“It’s been good, but I need to play more.”
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While he appeared to be lost under the stewardship of Brendan Rodgers, Teixeira has been used more by Klopp, appearing in Saturday's 0-0 draw against West Ham as well as the FA Cup third round replay against Exeter in which he scored.
But despite his growing prominence in the first-team, it is still not enough for the midfielder, who had hoped to break into the senior Portugal side ahead of Euro 2016. It is for that reason that he is currently unhappy at Anfield.
However, he also claimed that he is still only focused on playing more for Liverpool and has no plans to sulk his way out of the exit door. Until the summer, he will give it everything to prove he is worth a place in Klopp's starting XI.
“I’m here to work and show I can play more," he continued.
“For now, my plans are to stay with Liverpool and play more here, but you never know what will happen in the future.”
Life under Klopp
Regardless of his current situation, Teixeira made it clear that he is enjoying life under Klopp and thinks the German manager has settled in well at Melwood.
He said: “He’s as you see him on TV. He’s as irreverent among us as he is in public, and he is always joking. He’s passionate and loves what he’s doing.
“The other day we were doing an exercise of exchanging passes, Jordon Ibe missed a pass and he stopped the exercise to go and give him his glasses.
“I think the manager likes me. But it’s like he says, ‘I’m your friend, but I’m not your best friend’. It’s a way of saying he’s our friend, but he’s also the man in charge and who makes the decisions.”
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