Spaniard Dani Pacheco looks set to make his final appearance in a Liverpool shirt when the Reds’ under 21’s face Crystal Palace this afternoon (1pm).
Pacheco, 21, was on the verge of a permanent move away from Anfield on the final day of the summer transfer window but the move fell through.
Writing on his twitter account, Dani said:
Last game of reserve league till January. Then see what happen in January. Everyone knows it.
Clearly, Pacheco now accepts his future lies away from Liverpool after five years of trying to make the breakthrough into the first team under several managers. He has featured three times this season under Brendan Rodgers, in the League Cup and Europa League.
Pacheco’s career so far is somewhat of a mystery, having been plucked from Barcelona’s academy by Rafa Benitez in 2007 and being very highly rated and a regular for his country at youth level – winning the Golden Boot award in the 2010 European U19 Championships.
It was Benitez who gave him his Liverpool debut in 2009, when he made a total of 7 first-team appearances, but that has proved to be the most action he has seen for LFC in a season.
In 2011 he was part of the Norwich team that won promotion to the Premier League under Paul Lambert during a loan spell at Carrow Road. Lambert spoke highly of Pacheco and was linked with a move for him in the summer.
Last season he was loaned to Atletico Madrid, with a view to a permanent deal, who then loaned him to Rayo Vallecano. Again though, he failed to make an impact.
His form this season for the under 21’s has been impressive but not enough for Rodgers to bring him into the first-team – despite the striker shortage at the club.
Liverpool Under 21’s have already won Professional Development League 1 and are unbeaten, with eight wins from 11 games, and qualified for the knockout stages next year.