Joao Carlos Teixeira settling in Reds first team

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Liverpool starlet Joao Carlos Teixeira is starting to feel at home within the club's first team.

The Portuguese 21-year-old moved to Merseyside in 2012, joining the Reds from Sporting Lisbon after failing to make a senior appearance with the club.

And, having impressed for both the youth and U21 teams, his chance with the seniors has finally come this season in training and on the pitch.

Teixera made his senior debut off the bench against Fulham, and will be hoping for more chances after settling in training alongside some big names.

"In the beginning, you don't talk too much, because you don't know the players and you don't know how they are going to react," he told the official Liverpool website.

"With time, you get to know the people and their personalities better. You talk more and you gain more confidence when you are with them. They are a great group and they help me a lot in training and even off the pitch.

"I am training with the first team and I am enjoying training each day with big names like Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Steven Gerrard. They talk normally, they ask me about my life - it's not that interesting, but they ask! They put me at ease."

Reflecting on his cameo appearance against the Cottagers, Teixera admits the game turned out to be his best moment in football to-date.

Having been told by manager Brendan Rodgers that his time would come, the Portugal U21 international admits he was thrilled to find out he was a substitute, and tried to do his very best for the Anfield faithful.

"I had been in the squad before I was on the bench against Fulham. That gave me experience with the players, in the hotels and having dinner, talking with them and getting to know them better," he continued on the official Liverpool website.

"Before Fulham, I was training with the team and I was working hard. Brendan was always telling me to keep working hard and that my chance would come soon. At Fulham, before we were leaving the hotel to go to the stadium, I saw the team and I was on the bench for my first Premier League game. Fulham was an important match.

"I was really happy and I tried to do my best. It was my best moment in football."

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