13 Oct 2015

Surprise Starter? Liverpool's 'new Deco' trains with Sturridge/Sakho in Klopp's first training session

As is usually the case, the arrival of a new manager means a clean slate for the existing squad, with fringe players given often given a renewed chance to stake a claim for a place in the first team. With the departure of Brendan Rodgers, there are plenty of players who now have a chance to rebuild their Anfield careers, including Joao Carlos Teixeira, who was persistently (and inexplicably) ignored by Rodgers

In recent weeks, Teixeira - nicknamed the 'new Deco' - has trained with the first team, and according to the Liverpool Echo today:

"Jurgen Klopp took charge of his first Liverpool training session on Monday [which] contained a number of players in contention for a starting place for Saturday's trip to Tottenham [including] Joao Carlos Teixeira.

"Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, James Milner and Mamadou Sakho were [also] present".

Under Rodgers, only British academy players were given regular chances in the first team, and during his three year reign, a gran total of ZERO foreign youngsters became regulars in the first team.

This includes Teixeira, who was granted a pathetic eight minutes of football in three years. Rodgers indifference even extended into this season, despite the fact Teixiera won TWO 'Player of the Year' awards during the 2014-5 campaign.

Hopefully, Klopp isn't as short-sighted (and pig-headed) as Rodgers, and during his tenure, I expect to see far more foreign youngsters given a chance in the first team.

Realistically, Klopp isn't going to have much time work with the bulk of the squad before Saturday's game with Spurs, so players he's working with all through the week should (theoretically) have a good chance of taking part in the match.

Perhaps Klopp will take the view that certain players need a rest after international duty, and elect to play some fringe players instead. If that happens, Teixeira should definitely be an option.

With that in mind, if Klopp uses his favoured 4132 formation, I'd like to see the following team:

----------------- Bogdan
Clyne ------ Skrtel - Sakho ----- Moreno
----------- Milner --- Lucas
--- Teixeira -- Coutinho -- Lallana
-------------- Sturridge

At Dortmund, the attacking three usually stayed very closed together, with the full-backs providing width. Moreno is certainly capable of doing that, and Clyne is capable of doing the same. There's also the option of swapping out Lallana for Ibe, who'll obviously add more width to the team.

If, however, Klopp ignores Teixeira (over the next six games) then I guess his supporters (myself included) will just have to accept that he's simply not as good as his talent suggests.

At the age of 22, Teixeira can't afford to waste anymore time; he needs to be playing regular football to aid his development, and if he can't get that at Liverpool, he should move elsewhere.

Author: Jaimie K


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