Alex Teixeira has blamed Liverpool for failing to place a serious enough bid in order to sign him from Shakhtar Donetsk.
The forward has now sealed a €50 million (£38.5 million) move to Chinese club Jiangsu Suning after Liverpool failed with a January bid of £24.5 million and refused to meet Shakhtar's asking price for Teixeira, per Jack de Menezes in the Independent.
The Brazilian made no secret of the fact that he wanted to move to the Premier League, but he has now accused Liverpool of not being serious enough about signing him, per Shakhtar's website:
Let's put it like this: everyone always knew that I wanted to stay in Europe and move to the English Premier League club. But, unfortunately, all the proposals that came from them, were somewhat windy and did not contain anything concrete. Now I have received a serious offer from China. Of course, I’m moving there. At this stage, Brazil national team will move away from me a little further. But let's see what happens in the future.
The Reds could yet rue missing out on Teixeira as he would undoubtedly have added some much-needed creativity and goalscoring to their front line.
Should Liverpool have lodged a £38.5 million bid in order to sign Teixeira?
Before his departure from Shakhtar he netted 22 goals in just 15 games in the current Ukrainian league campaign, per WhoScored.com.
That is the type of heavy scoring that Liverpool are currently missing, with Daniel Sturridge having been sidelined for much of the season and Christian Benteke out of form.
However, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp was reportedly not confident enough in him to sanction a £38 million bid, per GianlucaDiMarzio.com's Joseph Musker:
Teixeira to China for £38m? Klopp could have signed him for that, the club said they'd pay it but Klopp chose not to. Roll on the summer.— Joseph Musker (@Musker_LFC) February 4, 2016
Indeed, Liverpool did barely any business in the January transfer window save for the loan signing of Steven Caulker.
Many had expected plenty of activity from the Merseyside club because it was Klopp's first opportunity to bring in his own players.
However, the German has decided to stick with his current crop until the summer, a bold move considering the Reds' continuing struggles in the league—they have won just one of their last five matches.
They seemingly could have got Teixeira had they stumped up the cash and now they have lost him for the foreseeable future.
According to Uche Amako, a return for Teixeira was expected in the summer, but now Jiangsu have scuppered any such plans, another indication of China's increasing importance in the transfer window—as discussed below by Bleacher Report's Dean Jones:
Liverpool will now have to look elsewhere if they are preparing to make changes to their attacking line at the end of the season.