Albion whizz-kid reveals Gerrard's role in his move

Joao Teixeira

Joao Teixeira

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

It helps if the former England captain was a team-mate and is still a friend.

Joao Teixeira has been the chief architect of Albion's overnight transformation in form and results.

The capture of the gifted young Portugese playmaker on loan from Anfield to the Amex for the season is due to the enduring relationship between Albion boss Sami Hyypia and his replacement as Liverpool skipper back in 2003, Steven Gerrard.

Teixeira has revealed the go-between role played by Gerrard in the deal struck a fortnight ago which has sparked so much excitement and expectation among Seagulls supporters.

The 21-year-old told The Argus: "I knew about it from Steven Gerrard. He told me that Sami had called him, so he (Gerrard) spoke a little bit with me and everyone in the club told me how Brighton like to play, kind of similar to Liverpool, so it was the best choice for me to come here.

"Stevie is the main man in Liverpool, the captain, so you look at him as the main example, not just me but everyone in the changing room."

Teixeira also spoke at Anfield with manager Brendan Rodgers, his assistant Colin Pascoe and first team coach Mike Marsh.

He was advised that a drop into the Championship under Hyypia was a good option at this stage of his career.

So far so good. A promising debut as a second half substitute at Birmingham, before he had even trained with his new team-mates, was followed by an early goal and sparkling full debut in the win at Leeds.

He was not quite as influential against Bolton at the Amex last Saturday but still provided moments which lifted the crowd and he scored the winning goal.

Teixeira was given a standing ovation when Hyypia took him off in the closing stages. The attacking midfielder is revelling in the Finn's formation.

"It suits me," he said. "I have more freedom so it's good for me. We try to play the ball on the floor, have possession. I think we have the chance to have a good season.

"I knew he (Hyypia) had ten years at Liverpool and was captain. Last year we went to Anfield to watch a legends game and he was the captain of the international legends.

"That was the first time I saw him. I had never met him before I came here but I'd heard a lot about him.

"I'm enjoying it. He has great ideas and I want to learn with him because I think he can help me.

"I want to score, assist, help the team and I want to play because I need to play. I came here to play.

"I am still under contract at Liverpool and, of course, one day I'd like to play there but now I am here I am just thinking about Brighton and helping them."

Teixeira will be back in the starting line-up at the Amex against Chalton tomorrow after coming on in extra-time in Tuesday's hectic Capital One Cup success at Swindon.

Anticipation will be high again but Teixeira has an engaging innocence. Following his matchwinning contributuion against Bolton he described the Amex as the "Brighton stadium - I don't know the name."

The former Sporting Lisbon prospect also has no fears about the growing possibility of receiving special attention from Championship opponents. He said: "I'm not worried about that, I'll do my job. We've got our formation, our tactics. The manager knows how we should play. Every team is different.

"I think I played well (against Bolton) but I think I played better at Leeds. I have to keep working and improving every day. I'm young so I will try to do my best and help the team. This is the most important thing.

"At the beginning it was really hard when I came here (to England). Now I am used to it. English football is really exciting. Everyone likes to watch it so I'm happy to be part of it.

"Everyone knows the Premier League in England is the best place to play football. Ronaldo, Nani, so many players have come to England, Portugese players, Spanish players, and they have made it here. I wanted to play here and now I am I'm happy."

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8:05am Fri 29 Aug 14

farside says...

Going to be a big part of Liverpool's future (sadly). Let's enjoy him while we can
Going to be a big part of Liverpool's future (sadly). Let's enjoy him while we can farside
  • Score: 26

8:31am Fri 29 Aug 14

pablobrowno says...

farside wrote:
Going to be a big part of Liverpool's future (sadly). Let's enjoy him while we can
I'm sure you're right but if we get promoted with him then who knows. But of course good luck to him and when he does go back to Liverpool I'm sure we have proved we can replace anyone in this side. After all....somebody "Buckley" wasn't it??
[quote][p][bold]farside[/bold] wrote: Going to be a big part of Liverpool's future (sadly). Let's enjoy him while we can[/p][/quote]I'm sure you're right but if we get promoted with him then who knows. But of course good luck to him and when he does go back to Liverpool I'm sure we have proved we can replace anyone in this side. After all....somebody "Buckley" wasn't it?? pablobrowno
  • Score: 15

9:20am Fri 29 Aug 14

Withdean-er says...

It's true to an extent that both clubs play similarly with passing, but Liverpool under Rodgers play a fast counter-attacking style with immensely fast forwards. Being the polar opposite of the Poyet-Garcia Amex-era style of passing sideways, backwards with possession everything. Hyppia was quoted when he joined us as saying he favoured counter-attacking, so our transformed squad with Teixeira and the other recruits will hopefully give us a taste of what Liverpool enjoy. That will be far more enjoyable to watch.
It's true to an extent that both clubs play similarly with passing, but Liverpool under Rodgers play a fast counter-attacking style with immensely fast forwards. Being the polar opposite of the Poyet-Garcia Amex-era style of passing sideways, backwards with possession everything. Hyppia was quoted when he joined us as saying he favoured counter-attacking, so our transformed squad with Teixeira and the other recruits will hopefully give us a taste of what Liverpool enjoy. That will be far more enjoyable to watch. Withdean-er
  • Score: 16

9:29am Fri 29 Aug 14

Max Ripple says...

Morning. Yes, I think we have seen already that Sami's style of play is going to be very different from Gus and Oscar. How frustrated did we all get in recent years whenever the ball slowly made its way back to the keeper? Sideways, backwards, sideways etc. Sami has already showed that he wants this team to move forward more quickly and that can be achieved with the quicker, pacier players that he has brought in. No longer will the opposition defence have the time to re-group, find their positions, have a cup of tea and wait for the Albion to reach the box.
Tex is going to be a prime example of this style of play and I welcome it whole heartedly.
Morning. Yes, I think we have seen already that Sami's style of play is going to be very different from Gus and Oscar. How frustrated did we all get in recent years whenever the ball slowly made its way back to the keeper? Sideways, backwards, sideways etc. Sami has already showed that he wants this team to move forward more quickly and that can be achieved with the quicker, pacier players that he has brought in. No longer will the opposition defence have the time to re-group, find their positions, have a cup of tea and wait for the Albion to reach the box. Tex is going to be a prime example of this style of play and I welcome it whole heartedly. Max Ripple
  • Score: 14

9:40am Fri 29 Aug 14

fratsomrover says...

Now I'm back in the Uk I'm really excited at seeing the troops for the first time tomorrow. However, (and I've never had to say this before) I've given up second guessing what the starting line-up will be.
We suddenly seem awash with talent and line-up possibilities which really has to be so exciting.
We appear to have a squad with an abundance of offensive acumen which bodes well for both entertainment and success. All promoted teams over the past few seasons have gained promotion because they scored more goals than anyone else. We finally appear to have a squad full of attacking intent with many players capable of scoring and I really welcome that. This was our main failing under Poyet and Garcia. Loads of possession but no end product.
With the likes of Tex, Baldock, CMS, Colunga, Lua Lua, March and so many other midfielders capable of finishing off moves the future just has to be exciting.
Cant wait for tomorrow, but as already said, have no clue as to what the starting line-up might be.
Now I'm back in the Uk I'm really excited at seeing the troops for the first time tomorrow. However, (and I've never had to say this before) I've given up second guessing what the starting line-up will be. We suddenly seem awash with talent and line-up possibilities which really has to be so exciting. We appear to have a squad with an abundance of offensive acumen which bodes well for both entertainment and success. All promoted teams over the past few seasons have gained promotion because they scored more goals than anyone else. We finally appear to have a squad full of attacking intent with many players capable of scoring and I really welcome that. This was our main failing under Poyet and Garcia. Loads of possession but no end product. With the likes of Tex, Baldock, CMS, Colunga, Lua Lua, March and so many other midfielders capable of finishing off moves the future just has to be exciting. Cant wait for tomorrow, but as already said, have no clue as to what the starting line-up might be. fratsomrover
  • Score: 10

9:54am Fri 29 Aug 14

Never_Wrong says...

fratsomrover wrote:
Now I'm back in the Uk I'm really excited at seeing the troops for the first time tomorrow. However, (and I've never had to say this before) I've given up second guessing what the starting line-up will be.
We suddenly seem awash with talent and line-up possibilities which really has to be so exciting.
We appear to have a squad with an abundance of offensive acumen which bodes well for both entertainment and success. All promoted teams over the past few seasons have gained promotion because they scored more goals than anyone else. We finally appear to have a squad full of attacking intent with many players capable of scoring and I really welcome that. This was our main failing under Poyet and Garcia. Loads of possession but no end product.
With the likes of Tex, Baldock, CMS, Colunga, Lua Lua, March and so many other midfielders capable of finishing off moves the future just has to be exciting.
Cant wait for tomorrow, but as already said, have no clue as to what the starting line-up might be.
Tomorrows starting line up: Stockdale, Bruno, Dunk, Greer, Bennett, Crofts, Holla, Gardener, Colunga, Teixera, Mackail-Smith.
[quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: Now I'm back in the Uk I'm really excited at seeing the troops for the first time tomorrow. However, (and I've never had to say this before) I've given up second guessing what the starting line-up will be. We suddenly seem awash with talent and line-up possibilities which really has to be so exciting. We appear to have a squad with an abundance of offensive acumen which bodes well for both entertainment and success. All promoted teams over the past few seasons have gained promotion because they scored more goals than anyone else. We finally appear to have a squad full of attacking intent with many players capable of scoring and I really welcome that. This was our main failing under Poyet and Garcia. Loads of possession but no end product. With the likes of Tex, Baldock, CMS, Colunga, Lua Lua, March and so many other midfielders capable of finishing off moves the future just has to be exciting. Cant wait for tomorrow, but as already said, have no clue as to what the starting line-up might be.[/p][/quote]Tomorrows starting line up: Stockdale, Bruno, Dunk, Greer, Bennett, Crofts, Holla, Gardener, Colunga, Teixera, Mackail-Smith. Never_Wrong
  • Score: 2

10:11am Fri 29 Aug 14

rroybha says...

For me the key to that interview is " I think we have the chance to have a good season" Promotion or not csn be discussed post Christmas but for now let us all get behind this team and enjoy the football they have to offer. The men in suits have done their job and it is now up to the men in shorts...
For me the key to that interview is " I think we have the chance to have a good season" Promotion or not csn be discussed post Christmas but for now let us all get behind this team and enjoy the football they have to offer. The men in suits have done their job and it is now up to the men in shorts... rroybha
  • Score: 7

10:16am Fri 29 Aug 14

daveyboy35 says...

Never_Wrong wrote:
fratsomrover wrote:
Now I'm back in the Uk I'm really excited at seeing the troops for the first time tomorrow. However, (and I've never had to say this before) I've given up second guessing what the starting line-up will be.
We suddenly seem awash with talent and line-up possibilities which really has to be so exciting.
We appear to have a squad with an abundance of offensive acumen which bodes well for both entertainment and success. All promoted teams over the past few seasons have gained promotion because they scored more goals than anyone else. We finally appear to have a squad full of attacking intent with many players capable of scoring and I really welcome that. This was our main failing under Poyet and Garcia. Loads of possession but no end product.
With the likes of Tex, Baldock, CMS, Colunga, Lua Lua, March and so many other midfielders capable of finishing off moves the future just has to be exciting.
Cant wait for tomorrow, but as already said, have no clue as to what the starting line-up might be.
Tomorrows starting line up: Stockdale, Bruno, Dunk, Greer, Bennett, Crofts, Holla, Gardener, Colunga, Teixera, Mackail-Smith.
Change cms for baldock and that is a class team!!!
[quote][p][bold]Never_Wrong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: Now I'm back in the Uk I'm really excited at seeing the troops for the first time tomorrow. However, (and I've never had to say this before) I've given up second guessing what the starting line-up will be. We suddenly seem awash with talent and line-up possibilities which really has to be so exciting. We appear to have a squad with an abundance of offensive acumen which bodes well for both entertainment and success. All promoted teams over the past few seasons have gained promotion because they scored more goals than anyone else. We finally appear to have a squad full of attacking intent with many players capable of scoring and I really welcome that. This was our main failing under Poyet and Garcia. Loads of possession but no end product. With the likes of Tex, Baldock, CMS, Colunga, Lua Lua, March and so many other midfielders capable of finishing off moves the future just has to be exciting. Cant wait for tomorrow, but as already said, have no clue as to what the starting line-up might be.[/p][/quote]Tomorrows starting line up: Stockdale, Bruno, Dunk, Greer, Bennett, Crofts, Holla, Gardener, Colunga, Teixera, Mackail-Smith.[/p][/quote]Change cms for baldock and that is a class team!!! daveyboy35
  • Score: 0

10:44am Fri 29 Aug 14

Withdean-er says...

daveyboy35 wrote:
Never_Wrong wrote:
fratsomrover wrote:
Now I'm back in the Uk I'm really excited at seeing the troops for the first time tomorrow. However, (and I've never had to say this before) I've given up second guessing what the starting line-up will be.
We suddenly seem awash with talent and line-up possibilities which really has to be so exciting.
We appear to have a squad with an abundance of offensive acumen which bodes well for both entertainment and success. All promoted teams over the past few seasons have gained promotion because they scored more goals than anyone else. We finally appear to have a squad full of attacking intent with many players capable of scoring and I really welcome that. This was our main failing under Poyet and Garcia. Loads of possession but no end product.
With the likes of Tex, Baldock, CMS, Colunga, Lua Lua, March and so many other midfielders capable of finishing off moves the future just has to be exciting.
Cant wait for tomorrow, but as already said, have no clue as to what the starting line-up might be.
Tomorrows starting line up: Stockdale, Bruno, Dunk, Greer, Bennett, Crofts, Holla, Gardener, Colunga, Teixera, Mackail-Smith.
Change cms for baldock and that is a class team!!!
I agree.
[quote][p][bold]daveyboy35[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Never_Wrong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: Now I'm back in the Uk I'm really excited at seeing the troops for the first time tomorrow. However, (and I've never had to say this before) I've given up second guessing what the starting line-up will be. We suddenly seem awash with talent and line-up possibilities which really has to be so exciting. We appear to have a squad with an abundance of offensive acumen which bodes well for both entertainment and success. All promoted teams over the past few seasons have gained promotion because they scored more goals than anyone else. We finally appear to have a squad full of attacking intent with many players capable of scoring and I really welcome that. This was our main failing under Poyet and Garcia. Loads of possession but no end product. With the likes of Tex, Baldock, CMS, Colunga, Lua Lua, March and so many other midfielders capable of finishing off moves the future just has to be exciting. Cant wait for tomorrow, but as already said, have no clue as to what the starting line-up might be.[/p][/quote]Tomorrows starting line up: Stockdale, Bruno, Dunk, Greer, Bennett, Crofts, Holla, Gardener, Colunga, Teixera, Mackail-Smith.[/p][/quote]Change cms for baldock and that is a class team!!![/p][/quote]I agree. Withdean-er
  • Score: -4

1:24pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Mancgulled says...

"spoke to me and everyone at the club and told me how Brighton like to play" -- no better an acolade for your team than to think they are on the radar of a stellar player like Gerrard and a club with that kind of history - thats really something! Nice headache for a line-up tomorrow -- hope it involves two strikers - I fancy Baldock and Colunga with Macca as impact ...
but hey - so many possibilities.
"spoke to me and everyone at the club and told me how Brighton like to play" -- no better an acolade for your team than to think they are on the radar of a stellar player like Gerrard and a club with that kind of history - thats really something! Nice headache for a line-up tomorrow -- hope it involves two strikers - I fancy Baldock and Colunga with Macca as impact ... but hey - so many possibilities. Mancgulled
  • Score: 6

3:39pm Fri 29 Aug 14

OldGull says...

rroybha wrote:
For me the key to that interview is " I think we have the chance to have a good season" Promotion or not csn be discussed post Christmas but for now let us all get behind this team and enjoy the football they have to offer. The men in suits have done their job and it is now up to the men in shorts...
And also the men (women, boys & girls) in replica shirts...
To get behind the team
UTA
[quote][p][bold]rroybha[/bold] wrote: For me the key to that interview is " I think we have the chance to have a good season" Promotion or not csn be discussed post Christmas but for now let us all get behind this team and enjoy the football they have to offer. The men in suits have done their job and it is now up to the men in shorts...[/p][/quote]And also the men (women, boys & girls) in replica shirts... To get behind the team UTA OldGull
  • Score: 2

1:23am Sat 30 Aug 14

JoeBlow says...

It is interesting that over the last year or so we have heard so many people refer to "the way Brighton play." And yet it seems to be very different this season to last. I wonder which style it was that Gerrard had heard about...
It is interesting that over the last year or so we have heard so many people refer to "the way Brighton play." And yet it seems to be very different this season to last. I wonder which style it was that Gerrard had heard about... JoeBlow
  • Score: 0

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