Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli insists Dani Pacheco remains very much in the club's long-term plans, and has urged him to seize his opportunity to play regular football in Spain with Rayo Vallecano.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder put pen to paper on a season-long loan spell, in order to give himself the best possible chance of regular football, that would have been difficult to guarantee on Merseyside.
Nicknamed El Asesino, or 'The Assassin' following a prolific spell in the Barcelona academy prior to his move to Anfield, Pacheco is tipped for a bright future, and has made quite an impression on Reds boss Kenny Dalglish.
It was perhaps, then, a bit of a surprise to Liverpool fans when the young Spaniard was sent out to La Liga for another spell away from the club. But Comolli has moved to reassure fans that the move is to continue his development.
"Dani has gone on loan because we want to see him play in the first team somewhere," he said. "Last year he went to the Championship and had a good start, then he was sub for a few games, but he did well in those games.
"We know how well he can do at youth level, he did really well last year in the U19 European championships when Spain lost in the final against France, he did well at the U20 World Cup in Colombia in August, we were there and watched all the games.
"The next step is 'can you show us what you can do in the first team?' It would have been difficult for him to play in our first team, and rather than play in the Liverpool reserves we thought if there is an opportunity for him to go on loan to a good team in a top league, and we can see what he can do and if he can develop, it would be a good opportunity. That's why we took it.
"I call it a development loan. Put the player on loan, see how he develops and then that will give us a very strong indication of where his career is going."
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