Reports from The Express this morning claimed that Liverpool officials are in California to negotiate a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Alex Teixeira.
BBC Sport adds that the Reds are willing to pay £24.5m for the Brazilian, although Shakhtar value him at closer to £39m, so a deal may yet be some way away.
What would Liverpool be getting for their money if an agreement can be reached? Explosive pace for a start. Look at Teixeira run away from the defender in this video.
The 26-year-old is five yards behind his opponent when the ball is knocked over for the top, but comfortably reaches the ball first and drives towards goal to score.
As well as his speed and skill, clinical finishing is one of Teixeira’s top attributes. He has notched an astonishing 22 goals in 15 Ukrainian league games this campaign.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has several technically-gifted attacking midfielders at his disposal already, but none of them have the goalscoring pedigree that Teixeira does.
Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Jordon Ibe have eight Premier League goals between them this season – although neither of the latter two are yet to score.
This outstanding curler into the top corner, and the clever footwork which created the space for him to get a shot away, shows the quality that the South American possesses.
In total, the Reds have been bagged a meagre 25 times in 22 Premier League games this season, with Daniel Sturridge crocked by injury and Christian Benteke unreliable.
Teixeira would provide their attack with a much-needed goal threat without sacrificing the teamwork that Klopp demands, and that is why Liverpool may have to pay big money for him.
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