By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Joao Teixeira has revealed that he is in talks with Liverpool about extending his deal.
The Portuguese attacking midfielder, who celebrated his first senior goal for the Merseysiders in their 3-0 FA Cup replay win at Anfield on Wednesday night, is out of contract this summer.
Negotiations over a new agreement are ongoing as the 23-year-old battles to prove to Jurgen Klopp that he deserves to be a regular first-team squad member.
“We are in conversations at the moment,” Teixeira told the Liverpool Echo. “My contract runs out at the end of this season. I want to stay but we will see what happens.
“I don’t want to think about my future too much right now. I just want to play football. I want to enjoy this moment and try to build on it.
“I just have to keep working hard and keep doing my best in training. Whenever chances come along like this to impress Jurgen Klopp, it’s up to me to show him that I deserve more chances.”
The former Portugal Under-21 international had an impressive loan spell at Brighton last season but has made only three appearances for the Liverpool first team.
Speaking on Wednesday night, Klopp urged Teixeira to sign a new contract and become a Liverpool star.
“I would like to work longer with Teixeira,” explained the manager. “We are always in talks, we’ll have to see. Sometimes you have to leave but maybe not Joao.”
Teixeira’s team-mate Jerome Sinclair is set to leave Liverpool this month after growing frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunities at Anfield.