Sami Hyypia talks up 21-year-old Liverpool star after promising start

Joao Teixeira

Joao Teixeira scored his first goal for Brighton against Leeds, drawing praise from his manager.

The Liverpool youngster is making a habit out of impressing during first games.

The 21-year-old made a strong impression on Brendan Rodgers after making his Premier League debut against Fulham last year

And now it's Sami Hyypia who's impressed, after Teixeira scored on his first start for Brighton in a 2-0 win against Leeds United.

The former Liverpool defender, who became Brighton's head coach this summer, says he is thankful to the Reds for sending Teixeira out on loan.

He does, however, insist that it will benefit Liverpool as much as it will his side, also describing the Portuguese midfielder as a 'quality player.'

"Of course I am grateful to them [Liverpool] for letting Joao come to us and get the games he needs - but it works both ways," Hyypia told reporters.

"They can benefit too because his time with us can hopefully be a stepping stone towards Liverpool's first team.

"He is a young player and Liverpool have a very big squad. A player of his age needs to play games to improve. We have a quality player and I am very happy to have him with us."

Brighton lost their first two games of their Championship campaign but bounced back at Elland Road on Tuesday night.

Their next clash comes against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, where Teixeira will no doubt look to find the scoresheet once again.

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