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Liverpool starlet heaps pressure on Roy Hodgson

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Calls for Daniel Pacheco to be drafted into the Liverpool first team have continued to gather pace.

The young Spaniard has impressed in the reserves for some time and, after scoring a wonderful solo goal for the Liverpool second-string against their Evertonian counterparts last night, he has given Roy Hodgson plenty of food for thought.

Although Hodgson has been reluctant to throw the 19-year-old into first-team action, the Liverpool boss has been closely monitoring his performances.

The Spanish ace is one of the hottest prospects in Europe and has put in a string of top-drawer displays for Liverpool reserves.

Pacheco moved to Anfield from Barcelona in 2007 and has been tipped to follow in the footsteps of compatriot and Liverpool hero Fernando Torres.

Although - like Torres - the Spain under 19 international traditionally favours a striking role, Hodgson has requested that the youngster is played in wide positions for the reserves with a view to him playing on the wing for the Liverpool first XI.

"The boss [Hodgson] is keen on him," reserve team coach John McMahon told the official Liverpool website.

"He sees Dani filling those wide roles, so when he plays for the reserves he occupies those positions and learns to adapt and play in them.

"It's good for his development to learn several roles and it will only benefit him, especially if he's required to do a job for the first-team."

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