The collection of young talent on loan for Liverpool is impressive. Divock Origi, Andre Wisdom, Tiago Ilori, Sebastian Coates, Sheyi Ojo, and Luis Alberto are all on loan at present, and Jordon Ibe was only recently recalled after a successful spell at Derby County. Added to that list is the impressive Joao Teixeira, who's been at Brighton Hove & Albion since the start of the current season and on a good run of form under Chris Hughton, who replaced Sami Hyypia midseason.
At 22 he's one of the older heads among Liverpool loanees (and a good portion of the regular first-teamers), but he's making the most of his opportunities on the south shore, finding himself among the second division's most influential in attack. It's been a largely solid campaign despite the club's struggles, one that the player is hopeful leaves him in good stead for a Liverpool return heading into next season:
"When I came here the main thing was to play, improve my game and help the team. I've improved a lot. I'm a different player, more confident and I've got Championship experience. Right now things are great and I want to keep these levels until the end of the season. I feel stronger than the start of the season and I've been improving on my defensive side and I'm trying to improve every game.When you play regularly you always improve. In training I'm trying to improve physically too and I think I'm doing an all right job. The last few games we've been winning and I've been playing a lot. I'm enjoying my time at Brighton a lot right now.
"It's really difficult because Liverpool are a big club with great players, but you dream of playing Premier League football with Liverpool. I really want that and I'm going to work for it but you never know what's going to happen in the future."
It's clear that a player in Teixeira's mold would fit well in the current setup, as Conor outlined in his excellent post about the 22-year-old's development last month, and his continued success this season is only going to further the notion that he could be given an opportunity to make an impact with the senior squad in 2015-2016. At the very least, he'll get an extended look in the preseason, and if he manages to replicate his form over the past few months, Brendan Rodgers will have a hard time sending him back out on loan again.
Some highlights below (that definitely need muting) of the current season, which excludes his recent brace against Birmingham City. He played a full 90 minutes today in the 1-0 loss against Bolton.
- Liverpool vs. Manchester City: Match Preview, Team News, and Ways to Watch
- Alberto Moreno Continues to Impress Despite Loss at Besiktas
- Rodgers: Emre Can is "Impressive," "Top Class," and Any Other Superlative You Might Come Up With
- Liverpool Could Benefit from Enforced Squad Rotation
- "Devastated" Liverpool Will Regroup in Time to Face Manchester City on Sunday