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Liverpool Starlet Set to Leave for First Team Football

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João Carlos Texiera has been offered a new contract by Liverpool, but with Porto, Atletico Madrid, and Real Betis sniffing around the young playmaker, Tex has a weighty decision to make.

Trophy designing and drinking do mix, apparently.
Trophy designing and drinking do mix, apparently.
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João Carlos Texiera joined Liverpool in 2012 from Sporting CP for for not quite a million pounds on the back of impressive displays against Liverpool's youngsters in the Next Gen tournament. Upon arrival, the club loaned him to Brentford and Brighton & Hove Albion, and it was in the latter loan spell that he truly gave Reds reason to be excited, scoring six times over 35 appearances last season.

After demonstrating a nascent scoring touch and attacking nous, many hoped to see the 23 year old feature more frequently in 2015/16, and while he was able to take the pitch seven times over the campaign, the balance of those were in the FA Cup in what amount to youth sides (plus Benteke).

Porto certainly would be an attractive option for the Braga-born Portugese. Perennial title contenders and Champions League attendees, one would assume that he will see significant, pressure-packed minutes, rather than be forced to bide his time for a chance to squeeze into Liverpool's attacking midfield, which is particularly congested at the moment and may become more so if certain rumors are to be believed.

To lose such a promising talent that won both Academy Player of the Year and Brighton & Hove Albion player of the year will stick in the craw of many fans, including your author, but one cannot fault Texiera for seeking first team football as the prime years of his career fast approach. Fingers crossed Klopp can convince him to stick around one more year, but best of luck to the lad if he decides to move on.