Roy Hodgson Challenges Dani Pacheco To Nail A Place In Liverpool's First Team

Boss encourages young Spaniard...
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has urged Spanish forward Dani Pacheco to step up and fight his way into the first team at Anfield.

The youngster has been handed an unexpected chance to shine with Dirk Kuyt expected to be sidelined for four weeks with a shoulder injury.

Hodgson feels that Pacheco has all the attributes to succeed if he can maintain his self-belief.

"I thought Dani did very well when he came on against Manchester City in the five or six minutes he played," the Reds boss told his club's official website.

"I also thought he did very well when he came on against Trabzonspor and he made a difference. He is a player that we really believe in.

"He is young but it is great that can keep giving him these opportunities and moments on the field and I think these moments will get even longer as the season progresses.

"Now we are in the Europa League, it is good for me too that I will be able to give chances to the likes of him, [Jay] Spearing and [Jonjo] Shelvey.

"They need games and we will have plenty of opportunities in the coming months."

Pacheco himself would certainly appear to be up for the challenge.

"I hope I will play a big part," he said.

"I know that I have to keep working very hard in training and I will have to take the chances that the manager will give to me."

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