Jan Molby: Why Jurgen Klopp factor will secure Liverpool signing
Jan Molby explains why Alex Teixeira won't be a panic buy for Liverpool
Jan Molby says Jurgen Klopp’s reputation should help to convince Alex Teixeira to join Liverpool.
The Reds are being linked with a £25m deal for the Shakthar Donetsk playmaker after Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre reportedly flew out to Florida to seal a deal for the Brazilian earlier this week.
I guess that’s why you bring someone like Klopp in, he can sell the club to a player
Teixeira has scored 22 goals in 15 games in the Ukrainian top-flight, while the 26-year-old has netted three times in six Champions League appearances.
According to BBC Sport’s South American football expert Phil Vickery, Teixeira was previously keen to move to defending Premier League champions Chelsea.
But former Liverpool midfielder believes the pulling power of Klopp should help to convince the Brazilian to move to Anfield, adding that Teixeira won’t be a panic buy.
“It is said there is no value in the January transfer window but Liverpool would say different with the likes of Agger, Mascherano and Suarez,” Molby wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.
“There is always the temptation to panic buy, I’m sure, but Jurgen Klopp is in no rush to spend money on players he doesn’t want.
“If Liverpool are putting down nearly £25m, he wants him, you can be sure of that – he won’t be spending rashly.
“We have lost out to other clubs on targets before and Chelsea are said to be interested in Teixeira. I guess that’s why you bring someone like Klopp in, he can sell the club to a player.”
Liverpool have only scored 28 goals in 22 Premier League games so far this season, highlighting their much-documented struggles up front.
Teixeira has scored 67 goals in 146 games for the Ukrainian side over the past five years.
The Shakthar midfielder hasn’t made a senior appearance for the Brazil national team.