Brighton's Hyypia tips Liverpool youngster for the top

Joao Teixeira is on loan from Liverpool. Photo: PA

Brighton manager Sami Hyypia is predicting a rosy future for Liverpool loanee Joao Teixeira after the Portuguese playmaker scored for the second game running in a 2-1 home victory over Bolton.

Teixeira, who opened his account for the Seagulls at Leeds, hit Albion's second-half winner at the Amex Stadium after striker Craig Mackail-Smith struck just before half-time to cancel out a 25th-minute opener from Matt Mills.

Hyypia exploited his contacts at Liverpool - where he played for 10 years - to add a creative edge to his squad, and he rates the 21-year-old Teixeira highly.

He said: "Joao is a very good player. We also need quality from the other players and if we manage to do that we'll get Joao on the ball and he'll be dangerous.

"It's going to be a good test for him. His goal is to play at the highest level and he's on the right track.

"We need to keep him strong and training well, and his mentality must be right." Teixeira has represented Portugal at Under 21 level, and Hyypia is convinced Brighton's style of play will suit him.

The Finn added: "He likes to be on the ball and do his best work in the final third of the pitch. He's got a great opportunity and we'll push him to improve himself."