Joao Carlos Teixeira is a highly-rated Portuguese youth international who caught the attention of Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool fans during the 2013-14 season.
The midfield playmaker originally arrived on Merseyside in February 2012, when the Reds swooped to capture his signature from Sporting CP.
During the previous months, Kopites had already enjoyed a glimpse of the youngster; he featured against the club twice in the NextGen Series for Sporting, scoring in front of the Kop in their tie at Anfield.
Teixeira had progressed through the renowned Sporting academy, where his creative style, passing range and vision drew complimentary comparisons to Portugal star Deco.
Upon joining Liverpool, Joao strengthened the club's U21 squad - where he continued to impress despite suffering injury issues - and later spent a short time with Brentford on loan.
Then on February 12, 2014, having trained regularly with the first-team squad throughout the preceding weeks, Rodgers introduced Teixeira for his senior debut as a substitute during a Barclays Premier League win at Fulham.