Sami Hyypia expects on-loan Liverpool youngster Joao Carlos Teixeira to improve even further with Brighton & Hove Albion after already finding the back of the net twice within a week.

The Portuguese playmaker joined the Seagulls temporarily earlier this month and has wasted no time in making an impression for the Championship outfit.

His maiden start for Hyypia's charges, at Leeds United on Tuesday, brought an early goal for the 21-year-old and that goalscoring form continued this weekend.

Teixeira struck the winner midway through the second half yesterday to secure a 2-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers - and his manager has been suitably impressed so far.

"He's good on the ball, a good football player, an intelligent player that can score goals," said the former Reds centre-back, who represented the club 464 times.

"I hope he takes the advantage to play for us; normally loan deals work both ways, in that we give him the opportunity to play at this level.

"I think our style of play suits him as well. From our point of view, we can have a very good player on our side. He has a good mentality, is training well and we can push him to improve himself.

"We need quality from the other players so that we can get him on the ball in dangerous areas and he can score goals. I think when we can get him on the ball around the box, he will be dangerous there."