By Italy correspondent Gianluigi Carrozzini

Joao Teixeira has left Liverpool for a a “dream” move to Porto, the club have confirmed.

The attacking midfielder has returned to the county of his birth after snubbing a new deal from the Merseysiders to sign a four-year contract with the Portugese big hitters.

Teixeira’s Liverpool contract was due to expires at the end of June and he has agreed terms to officially join the 2004 Champions League winners on 1 July.

The transfer was announced on Porto’s official website and Twitter account on Monday night.

Teixeira, 23, made only two Premier League appearances during his four years at Liverpool, scoring just once in eight outings in all competitions.

He was more effective for Brighton during a loan spell in 2014-15, finding the net on six occasions in 35 matches.

“I am from the north and to wear blue and white has always been a dream for me,” Teixeira told the Porto website. “Now I can work at my club in my region and my country.

“I had other offers but do not want anything other than to wear blue and white.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claimed in January that talks with the winger were “ongoing” and he was hopeful Teixeira would stay at Anfield but the player was ignored in the final three months of the season even though a series of experimental teams were fielded.

“Liverpool would like to wish João all the best for his future career with his new club,” the club said in a statement.

In other Liverpool transfer news, the club have sounded out an Arsenal star about a stunning £50million move.