Pacheco. Will he make it at Liverpool?

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It’s nearly three years since Daniel Pacheco made his debut for the first team under Rafael Benitez, replacing Alberto Aquilani against Fiorentina. Tales of this wonder kid, who had been doing brilliant things in Liverpool’s reserves, helping them win the League title, had been spreading like wildfire and filled supporters with hope that the club had unearthed another Fowler or Gerrard.

Three managers, Hodgson, Dalglish and Rodgers, have been in charge of Liverpool since that Champions League match and so far this player has failed to flourish under any of them. Consecutive loan spells at Norwich, Atletco Madrid and Rayo Vallecano followed, with Madrid even having the option to buy Pacheco. And now, the elevation of Sterling, Suso and Morgan, combined with the presence of squad players like Shelvey and Henderson, further undermines his chances of forging a career at Liverpool. So was all the hype false? When I had seen Pacheco play he looked skilful and scored some good goals. Although I’d have to admit, I did think he needed to bulk up a bit if he was to cope with the rigours of the Premier League.

Maybe under Brendan Rodgers, who thanks to an unfortunate transfer window finds himself with a depleted squad and a lack of quality options up front, Pacheco may get one more chance to show what he can do. Maybe he’s been unlucky. Or maybe he was overhyped. But it’s a bit disconcerting to see a young player with his supposed quality fail to make it at the club.

Three seasons is a long time for Pacheco to go without establishing himself. Don’t forget, this is a player who won the Golden Boot at the 2010 European Under-19 Championship so he undoubtedly has talent. When he was loaned to Norwich I was under the impression, like many, that it was an opportunity for him to get first team football and gain experience. However, the fact he was offered to Atletico on a permanent deal doesn’t bode well.

I would have thought the appointment of Rodgers as manager, who favours a fluid and skilful style of play, along with FSG’s policy of developing young players and introducing them to Liverpool’s first team, would be good news for this type of footballer. Hopefully Pacheco gets his chance to shine and takes it. I think it’s now or never Dani.


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  1. I agree. He has the talent. He needs someone to believe in him. Reality, LFC will not not win silverware this season. But, if Rodgers gives the likes of Morgan, Sterling, Suso, Pacheco, Flannagan, Kelly, Shelvey, Henderson and Robinson a proper run, we will be on the verge of a new era at LFC. Yes, other teams will buy a squad and that just creates mercenaries. Players who chase money. 3 seasons from now, we will rise and win silverware every season. I say, give them a chance . . . look at Sterling, he has tken his chance. They need belief.

  2. Pacheco is a very mediocre footballer. Liverpool fans must simply face up to it. He is no better than your average Spearing, Cole or Henderson, just to name a few. Admittedly, the only world’s best player who ever played for the Reds is Jamie Hoofer Carragher. No other footballer, past or present, even comes close to hoofing the football like Carragher does. Truly, he is a master of his craft.

  3. Of course Pacheco will make it at Liverpool. He is mediocre is he not? All mediocre footballers make it at Liverpool. You just have to ask Downing and Henderson.

  4. Pacheco has never been given a chance, he needs a run of five or six games in order to feel comfortable in the team. The previous managers mentioned were only interested in British players who can run and not the skilful player who can play intricate passes. He was one of the best players in pre season and deserve to be included in the first team squad.

    The same can be said about Suso, he is as good as Sterling and yet he does not seem to get the same level of attention. I have watched him in the reserve and for Spain and he is skilful, creative, scores goals and takes good freekicks. I don’t understand why he has not been given a chance when other players without his ability have been given a good run in the team.

  5. yes Pacheco should be given a chance. Look at Arsenal with young players, Regeneration is the key. As fan, would like to see new liverpool and no more avg or senior players like Joe Cole, steward downing, Carra, and even steven G

  6. IMO till January Rodgers should experiment with youngsters & give them chance 2 prove themselves.Hope by their performances the transfer fiasco would be forgotten.

  7. Give Michael Ngoo a chance! He’ll turn 20 next month, scores a bunch of goals for the reserves and is strong, technical and quick.

  8. Well, yes, he should be given another crack of the whip, but it has to be mentioned that other players, too, shone at U-19 and other under-age levels and never matched their promise when asked to play against grown-ups. Sinama-Pongolle and Le Tallec spring to mind. Didn’t even Ryan Babel do extremely well at under-age level? Look at him now.

  9. Yes, I would agree about bulking up. I think we can give our youngsters a chance in the Cup competitions and possibly Europa.

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