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Liverpool Complete Late Transfer Deal For Portuguese Playmaker

Sporting Lisbon youngster heads to Anfield.

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Liverpool have finalised details of a late transfer window deal for Portuguese youngster Joao Carlos Teixeira from Sporting Club de Portugal, or Sporting Lisbon as they tend to be known outside of their home country.

The teenager has actually already scored at Anfield.

He took part in the NextGen series, considered a sort of junior form of the UEFA Champions League, and shone as Sporting CP won their group, scoring 20 goals in six matches to progress.

Indeed, the Portuguese club won 0-3 at Anfield, and beat the Reds 5-1 at home, indicating that their academy is substantially more developed than that of Liverpool.

Teixeira, who is 19 years of age, has earned comparisons with a former Portugal international – the Brazilian born playmaker Deco, formerly of FC Porto, Barcelona and Chelsea of course.

However, Liverpool fans shouldn’t be too alarmed at that comparison.

Whilst his lack of pace and work ethic in the latter years of his career saw him castigated in the Premier League, at his best Deco was an incredibly dangerous player, and if Teixeira develops accordingly he will be a great asset.

Having aspired for immediate success with their early signings, Liverpool are now moving to secure the future.

At 19 years of age and still just 1.67m tall, Teixeira still has plenty of development to do, and the signing has only been announced as a player joining their academy.

He is certainly considered a prospect in the long term, and is unlikely to feature for the first team any time soon.

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