Liverpool attacker Dani Pacheco has warned the club he may be forced to move on if he isn’t given more playing time.
The 21-year-old Spaniard has been limited to a handful of Europa League performances this season, whilst rival youth players such as Suso and Raheem Sterling have featured regularly.
Pacheco believes he can still become a key figure at the club, but needs to be given first-team football by Brendan Rodgers:
“I haven’t played as much as I would like this season, but in football things can change very quickly.” He told the Liverpool Echo.
“Look at what’s happened with Suso. He was given a chance and he took it. He has worked really hard and has been playing every week. He is doing very well and I’m happy for him.
“I must try to do the same. I hope I’ll get a chance and then it’s down to me to take it.
“I train with the first team every day and if I didn’t have the belief that I could become a regular here I would have left already.
“I’ll try to make sure that in the near future that happens. If it doesn’t happen I will move on and try to make it somewhere else.
“But I still hope and believe I can make it at Liverpool.”
Pacheco moved to Anfield from Barcelona in 2007 with the reputation as one of Spain’s top emerging talents.
He has failed to fulfil this billing, drifting in and out of the first-team squad under numerous managers.
He spent last season on loan with Atletico Madrid, who subsequently lent him out to Rayo Vallecano, but the Spaniards refused to make the deal permanent.