Dani Pacheco has struggled to make the breakthrough at Anfield.
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Roy Hodgson has told Spanish teenager Dani Pacheco he still has work to do to secure a place in his first-team plans at Anfield.
The 19-year-old, who was lured to Liverpool in 2007 from Barcelona, is one of the star’s of Spain’s youth side.
Pacheco has featured in both the Premier League and Europe, making 11 first-team outings for the club.
But he has not made the expected impact on Merseyside, and has now been linked with a move back to Spain.
“He’s had moments when he’s looked good, others when not quite so,” admitted Hodgson.
“He’s working on his game. He featured in the unfortunate Northampton game.
“It was a great opportunity for those outside the first 13 or 14 to really show me, ‘You should be thinking of me.
“When will he get his chance again? Probably in one of these games in Europe, who knows, maybe he will burst back onto the scene, but it is very difficult to do that in a reserve game.” (Sky Sports)
Roy Hodgson has finally answered the cacophony of calls for Dani Pacheco to become part of the Liverpool first team, but perhaps not in the way that many Reds fans want.
Having won the Golden Boot at the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, and regularly performed wonders for the reserve team, those cries are understandable.
However, when he has been granted game time, Pacheco hasn’t looked quite the messiah that Liverpool fans have hoped for – although he still tends to provide more of a spark than the likes of David Ngog and Ryan Babel.
Liverpool are desperately seeking a backup solution to Fernando Torres, and Dani Pacheco won’t have to wait long for an opportunity to impress.
In exactly one week’s time on December 2nd, Liverpool face Steaua Bucharest in the UEFA Europa League.
It sounds increasingly likely that Pacheco will be given his chance in that fixture, and it will be up to him to prove he is worthy of it.
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