Liverpool Transfer News: Alex Teixeira Confirms Desire to Join Reds Amid Rumours

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2016

FC Shakhtar's Alex Teixeira attends a press conference at Arena Lviv stadium in Lviv, Western Ukraine, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015.   PSG and FC Shakhtar will play on Wednesday in Group A Champions League soccer match  in Lviv. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
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Shakhtar Donetsk star Alex Teixeira has confirmed he wants to join Liverpool, with the player's agent reportedly still working on a deal with the Reds.

Speaking to Anfield HQ, Teixeira stated his desire to move to Anfield, with BBC Sport providing a translation: "Liverpool are a huge club. So many great players have passed through there. I want to be there. But that is up to the club president now. I can only hope. It is frustrating. So now I'm just waiting, trying to be patient."

Teixeira was appearing in Florida ahead of Shakhtar's friendly with Fort Lauderdale Strikers, according to Joe Rimmer of the Liverpool Echo. Anfield HQ and NBC reporter Stefano Fusaro conducted the interview, per the Guardian.

Here's the full interview:

Teixeira's frustration stemmed from a failed bid already lodged by Liverpool. The BBC report states the Premier League club bid £24.5 million, but Donetsk remain determined to land £39 million.

Teixeira referenced that first offer, per the Guardian: "The team received one official offer from Liverpool and it was rejected. I don’t know why. It was a great offer."

Sky Sports' Paul Gilmour has reported how Liverpool are struggling to meet the Ukrainian club's valuation for the prolific Brazilian whom Shakhtar believe is their "last remaining valuable asset." But if there's a player worth paying over the odds for, it's the gifted 26-year-old South American forward.

He's scored 25 goals in domestic and UEFA Champions League action, according to Teixeira is a perfect fit for the fluid, quick-breaking style of attacking that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp preaches.

The German tactician likes to rely on small advanced platoons of versatile attacking midfielders and forwards. So far this season, that's meant playing Roberto Firmino as a false nine, flanked by wingers such as Jordon Ibe and James Milner or a playmaker like Adam Lallana.

Teixeira's goal threat, along with the deceptive strength to act as a de facto striker, would be a major upgrade. He's already keen on linking with fellow Brazilian stars Firmino and Philippe Coutinho at Anfield, as noted by the BBC: "I've played with Coutinho since we were 10 years old. It would be a lot of fun to play with him again."

Klopp needs more talent to accelerate his rebuild at Liverpool. It's been easy to see what the former Borussia Dortmund gaffer is trying to create at Anfield.

Signing a genuine star like Teixeira can make his plans a reality.