Exclusive: Liverpool must back Klopp to land Teixeira – Barnes

Liverpool should back Jurgen Klopp with a serious move for Alex Teixeira in the summer, if the German still wants the Shakhtar Donetsk ace.

The Brazilian attacking midfielder was strongly linked with a move to Anfield during the closing stages of the transfer window just gone, but a deal proved too expensive with the Ukrainian giants refusing to dip below their £38m valuation.

Missing out on Teixeira has come as a blow, with the 26-year-old’s 22 league goals in 15 games this season suggesting he could have helped to increase the Reds’ potency in the final third – they’re the lowest scorers in the Premier League’s top eight with 30 in 24 games.

Since the close of the window reports have suggested that Liverpool may go back in for him this summer, and TitanBet brand ambassador Barnes told FootballFanCast he’s hopeful his old club will re-visit the deal:

“If the manager likes him and he fits in to what he wants then they should go for him.

“I know he’s a very good player. He’s quick, he’s strong, but there are lots of players that are good. Obviously he [Klopp] likes him, that’s why they went for him, but whether they went for him because they thought there was a chance in January and there are other targets for the summer, I don’t know.

“Klopp likes him, so I think he will go back for him in the summer.”

However, Barnes is glad that Liverpool didn’t spend over the odds for Teixeira.

When asked if he was disappointed to see a deal fail to come to fruition, the Kop idol said:

“Not necessarily. If they wanted him badly enough in January they would have got him, and obviously they didn’t want him that badly. I don’t think they [Liverpool] should be held to ransom.

“Fans may be disappointed, and I understand that, but the club has a budget for players, and if the other club wants more money, then a deal won’t happen.”

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