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The German has no hard feelings over the 26-year-old's decision to move to the Far East and insists the financial incentives on offer would have been a temptation for any player

Jurgen Klopp has weighed in on Alex Teixeira's £38.4 million move to Jiangsu Suning, saying it was a difficult offer for the midfielder to refuse with the Chinese Super League emerging as a competitor to European football.

The Brazilian was Liverpool's priority target in the January window and with Shakhtar Donetsk having rejected the Reds' offer of £24m with £3m in add ons, ongoing talks over a deal ended when the Ukrainian club insisted he was not for sale until the summer unless a £53m fee was paid.

However, Teixeira's switch to the Far East was confirmed on Friday as he became Chinese football's record transfer.

The 26-year-old, who had previously stated "it would be an honour to pull on the Liverpool shirt" while highlighting his desire to play in the Premier League and push for a Brazil place, is reportedly now the 10th highest-paid footballer in the world.

When asked about Teixeira's decision, Klopp said: "First of all I think we should respect we can all make our own decisions, and not all our decisions are a sign for a new development in the world.

"In a lot of parts of Europe, people in football talk about the financial power of England because of the TV contract and things. Now maybe it's another competitor, maybe there's China.


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"For a few years I've known about the financial situation in China. If you want to go there, if you are 26 and you get an offer like he got - everybody would think about it!

"There are a few problems less for the next generation of Teixeiras. That's good news for the whole family. I have no problem with this. It's absolutely normal.

"I don't think it's a sign in general, if you want to change your situation and there's an offer from a club from China, everybody would think about it."

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