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João Carlos Teixeira Staying at Anfield

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There's unlikely to be a loan on the cards for the talented 22-year-old schemer.

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There may not be the big signing on the horizon to get Liverpool fans fired up after Saturday's West Ham defeat, but there is some good news for fans of João Carlos Teixeira, who is set to stay at Anfield this season. After speaking to sources within the club, James Pearce indicated that the talented and creative 22-year-old would remain and could be one to look out for as a rotation option. Any deal for the youngster would have been a loan and not a sale, but now there isn't even the chance of that.

There's not much else to say really apart from make sure you have an appropriate smile or little dance in response to this news. Liverpool need creative players when the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, and Adam Lallana are rested, injured, or otherwise ruled out of the action. At the very least, the Europa League and Capital One Cup should offer opportunities for Teixeira to show what he can do before the January transfer window. His talent, professionalism, dedication, and attitude make him an ideal fit to be a member of the first-team squad.

This is a season where Ilori and Teixeira both turn 23 at some stage, and if Liverpool wants to utilise their potential for the benefit of the club, there needs to be a firm plan of what to do with them. This season should be one with 2016/17 in mind. Ilori playing regularly on loan at a Premier League club like Aston Villa, who he has been linked to today, along with Teixeira providing an option off the bench and in the cups in Liverpool red would be more than satisfactory.