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Nov 20, 2012

Pacheco looks to Suso for inspiration

Dani Pacheco has vowed to propel himself into Liverpool's first team by using his close friend Suso as an inspiration.

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Pacheco is battling for a place in the line-up to face Swiss side Young Boys in the Europa League at Anfield on Thursday.

But his aim is to convince manager Brendan Rodgers he is worthy of a regular Premier League spot. The 21-year-old has been thrilled that fellow Spaniard Suso, who celebrated his 19th birthday on Monday, has established himself in the side since making his first-team debut in the 5-3 win over Young Boys in Berne in September.

Pacheco, by contrast, has made only three appearances this season, and could be sent out on loan in January.

But the former Barcelona youngster, who has had loan spells at Norwich and Rayo Vallecano over the last two seasons, is aiming to push his way into the first-team picture at Anfield, starting on Thursday.

"I haven't played as much as I would like this season, but in football things can change very quickly," Pacheco 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, who joined Liverpool from Barcelona's youth set-up in 2007, almost joined Real Valladolid on a season's loan at the end of August, but the move fell through.

Since then, he has been handed starts against Young Boys in the Europa League and West Brom in the Capital One Cup.

His only other appearance this season was as a substitute in the 1-0 Europa League defeat against Anzhi Makhachkala in Moscow on November 8.

Pacheco added: "There is still a month-and-a-half before the transfer window opens. When January comes I'm sure I'll have a meeting with the manager and we'll decide what is best for me.

"In the summer, I was ready to go out on loan but then something strange happened at the last minute. They needed to get rid of one of their players before getting me in but in the end that player never went so I stayed.

"We will see what happens between now and January. I hope I can play more games and get my fitness up. I want to make it here."

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