Brendan Rodgers appears to have said in every interview he has given that he wants to give all current players at Anfield a chance to prove their worth. Such news has delighted young Spanish midfielder Dani Pachaco, who claims that he is hoping that his football philosophies will aid him in a push for a Liverpool starting place.
Having signed from Barcelona back in 2007, there was plenty of expectation placed on the shoulders of Pacheco. However, the 20-year-old has always struggled to make an impact and the fact that he has a mere fourteen Reds appearances to his name in five years speaks volumes about his troubles. There have been times where some Liverpool supporters have questioned his future, after the player spent time on loan at Norwich, Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano over the last two years.
However, Pacheco is still hopeful of nailing a spot in Rodgers’ first team, claiming that his Spanish footballing principles should give him an advantage. He said, “I am very happy with the way Brendan thinks. We share the same philosophy of football. He loves the passing game and he wants people to work very hard when we don’t have the ball. That’s the way I’ve been doing it all my life when I was back in Spain.”
Nevertheless, it will certainly be difficult for the youngster to force his way into Rodgers’ plans. It is a well-known fact that the former Swansea boss’ preferred system is a 4-3-3 formation and considering some of the other talented midfielders at the club, Pacheco will have to work desperately hard to even get into the squad. Moreover, with Rodgers also casting his eye over other midfielders such as Joe Allen, it appears as though competition in the Liverpool midfield could be exceptionally fierce this term.