- LocationBraga, Portugal
- Squad Number53
Joao Carlos Teixeira is a highly-rated Portuguese youth international who caught the attention of Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool fans during the 2013-14 season.
The midfield playmaker originally arrived on Merseyside in February 2012, when the Reds swooped to capture his signature from Sporting CP.
During the previous months, Kopites had already enjoyed a glimpse of the youngster; he featured against the club twice in the NextGen Series for Sporting, scoring in front of the Kop in their tie at Anfield.
Teixeira had progressed through the renowned Sporting academy, where his creative style, passing range and vision drew complimentary comparisons to Portugal star Deco.
Upon joining Liverpool, Joao strengthened the club’s U21 squad – where he continued to impress despite suffering injury issues – and later spent a short time with Brentford on loan.
Then on February 12, 2014, having trained regularly with the first-team squad throughout the preceding weeks, Rodgers introduced Teixeira for his senior debut as a substitute during a Barclays Premier League win at Fulham.
Seeking further experience to complement his obvious talent, the midfielder sealed a loan move to Championship side Brighton, initially who were managed by Reds favourite Sami Hyypia, in August 2014.
Joao made a big impression in the Championship, making 32 appearances and netting six goals at the AMEX Stadium.
He sustained a broken leg on April 14 2015, playing for Brighton against Huddersfield Town, but his efforts on loan didn’t go unnoticed at Anfield as he picked up the Academy Players’ Player of the Year Award during the end of season awards night.
After working hard throughout the summer he was called-up by Brendan Rodgers for the 2015 tour of Bangkok, Brisbane, Adelaiade and Malaysia.