Exclusive – Barnes: Liverpool dodged a bullet in missing out on this attacking star

Liverpool legend John Barnes believes that his old club are “lucky” to have missed out on a winter move for Alex Teixeira, whose motivation is questionable following his switch to Chinese Super League outfit, Jiangsu Suning.

The Brazilian forward looked on course to sign for the Reds during the last transfer window, but a deal could not be pushed through before the deadline passed.

Teixeira himself gave an interview in which ha stated his desire to leave Shakhtar Donetsk for Liverpool, and it has since been revealed that manager Jurgen Klopp had the money to force through a £38m deal, but he deemed the fee to be too high.

Shortly after this saga Chinese heavyweights Jiangsu Suning swooped and the South American swiftly moved to Asia, where he’s supposedly earning close to £150,000-per-week in the cash-rich Super League.

Kop legend, and TitanBet brand ambassador, Barnes believes that his old club dodged a bullet in not signing Teixeira, whose “character” is questionable following his move to the Far East:

“I think they were lucky not to have got someone like Teixeira from Shakhtar Donetsk, because he has shown his character by wanting to go and play in China, just for the money.” He said.

“[He did this] Instead of waiting or staying with Shakhtar, and Liverpool want players with the right character.

“To go to China, for me, shows that he hasn’t got the right character to play for a top European club.”

Teixeira has since made his league debut for Jiangsu Suning, netting two goals in the process for the table-topping side.

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