Player profile

João Carlos Teixeira

João Carlos Teixeira

Birthdate: 18 January 1993
Birthplace: Braga, Portugal
Other clubs: Sporting Lisbon, Brentford (loan, 2013), Brighton & Hove Albion (loan, 2014-15), Porto (2016-)
Bought from: Sporting Lisbon
Signed for LFC: £830,000, 31.01.2012
Liverpool debut: 12.02.2014
Last appearance: 25.02.2016
Debut goal: 20.01.2016
Last goal: 20.01.2016
Contract expiry: 01.07.2016
Win ratio: 50% W:4 D:2 L:2
Games/goals ratio: 8
LFC league games/goals: 2 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 8 / 1

Player profile

Teixeira was born and brought up in the town of Braga in north-west Portugal and progressed through the youth teams of his local club before switching to Sporting Lisbon. It was as a Sporting player that he impressed when playing against Liverpool in the 2011/12 NextGen Series. He scored an exceptional goal that led to Liverpool signing him at the end of the January transfer-window that season. Once he had recovered from an injury to his back he appeared regularly in Liverpool’s Under-21 team in 2012/13 and also represented his country three times at Under-20 level in February and March 2013, having also played three times at Under-19 level in the previous season.

During the second week of September 2013 Liverpool allowed the promising midfielder to make a youth loan to League One club Brentford. He made the first senior club appearance of his fledgling career only four days later at Tranmere Rovers and made a second appearance nine days after that against Leyton Orient in west London. However, Brentford manager Uwe Rösler, who would move to Championship club Wigan Athletic before the end of the calendar year, could not guarantee Teixeira the playing-time that his parent club knew he needed; so the loan was terminated early by mutual agreement and the youngster returned to Liverpool at the end of the first week of October. 

Returning to Liverpool’s Under-21 team he added five more appearances at that level, four from the start, scoring twice against Middlesbrough and once against both Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion. It was the sort of form that earned him a deserved call-up to the first-team squad for an away game at Fulham in February, where he was named on the bench. In the twelve minutes he was on the pitch he showed some nice touches and a confidence that suggested it wouldn't be long before he appeared for the senior team again. He was an unused substitute for the next three games but as Liverpool chased the title Brendan Rodgers naturally stuck with a settled side for the final run in and he didn't feature again.

Teixeira was loaned to Championship side Brighton for 2014-15 where he was voted the club's Young Player of the Year for 2014/15. He had scored six times in thirty-two Championship matches before breaking a leg against Huddersfield in April. He was immediately recalled so his recovery could be monitored and he recovered in time to be included in the squad for the pre season tour to the Far East and Australia. when the season began he did not feature under Brendan Rodgers, but did get brought into the first team picture when Jurgen Klopp took over. He was an unused substitute in five Premiership games before the turn of the year and started the League Cup game with Bournemouth.  He then played all four of the FA Cup games, scoring at home against Exeter. However hecouldnt force his way into the Premier League side, save for one late substitute appearance in a 2-0 defeat at Leicester. On 14 June 2016 it was announced that the 23-year-old will officially be registered as a Porto player when his contract with Liverpool is complete on 1 July and that the Reds will be entitled to a compensation fee.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 2 4 1 1 0 8
2013-2014 1 0 0 0 0 1
2015-2016 1 4 1 1 0 7

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
2 West Ham United
2 Exeter City
1 Augsburg
1 Leicester City
1 Fulham
1 Bournemouth
Total Started/substitutions
5 Started
13 On the bench
3 Substitute
2 Substituted
Total Competition
4 FA Cup
2 Premier League
1 Europa League
1 League Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 0 1 0 0 0 1
2013-2014 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015-2016 0 1 0 0 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Opponent
1 Exeter City
Total Started/substitutions
1 Started
0 Substitute
Total Competition
1 FA Cup
Total Goal minute period
1 76-90 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
1 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 12.02.2014 Fulham Craven Cottage League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 81 20.01.2016 Exeter City Anfield FA Cup

Related Quotes

"'We knew when we saw him he was one for us and when we got the chance to sign him the manager backed me and we spent a considerable sum for him at the time. The trouble was when we got to the medical his back was in a seriously bad way. We questioned going ahead with it but he was worth the risk. He was put in a back brace for six months and after some fantastic work by the physios he is starting to play again. He is going to be a top, top player."

Academy director Frank McParland to the Daily Mail

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Brentford 2013-2014 England League One 2 0 2 0
Brighton & Hove Albion 2014-2015 England Championship 32 6 35 6
Porto 2016-2017 Portugal 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 34 6 37 6
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