What Happened to Daniel Pacheco?

Daniel Pacheco was once upon a time considered the future of Liverpool Football Club, but his time at the club was ultimately unsuccessful. The Anfield Talk’s Daniel (@thejonesdaniel) takes a look at what happened to the player…

Pacheco left five years ago to pursue a permanent move to Spanish side Alcorcon after loan spells with Norwich City, Athletic Madrid, Rayo Vallecano and Huesca, all of which were unsuccessful. Since his move to Liverpool from Barcelona on a free transfer in the year 2007, Pacheco has only managed thirty-three goals and thirty-nine assists per transfrmarkt and has not lived up to the expectation of the quality of football we thought he could play to.

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Daniel Pacheco made his first Liverpool start for the reserves against Bolton Wanderers early 2008 of which he scored and his first first-team game against Fiorentina within the 2009 UEFA Champions’ League group game of which he came on as a substitute replacing former Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani. He only managed a total of 591 minutes for the first team however managed his best goal record for the reserves of which he scored ten goals and assisted twelve within twenty-seven appearances.

After leaving Liverpool permanently after the failed loan spells and going to Alcorcon, he had his most successful spell at a first team of which he managed to score seven goals and eight assists within thirty-seven appearances, collecting seven yellow cards within the process. His Alcorcon team ranked ninth within the Segunda Division that season, having a total of fifty-nine points, two points off the promotion play-offs and twelve points off Eibar whom finished top that season and earned promotion to the Spanish top flight. Alcorcon managed forty-six goals in the season that Pacheco contributed towards the top half finish.

After a short stay with the second division side, Pacheco moved to Real Betis of whom were relegated the previous season, having a three year stay of which he completed loan moves to Alaves and Getafe within his final years at Betis. Real Betis arguably was a make or break for Pacheco and broke him you would say as he scored no goals within twenty-five appearances with one assist which led to him moving on consecutive loans. The loan records were much better and during his loan and with Deportivo Alaves, Pacheco scored three goals with seven assists within thirty-eight appearances.

He then moved to Getafe on a loan deal for the 2016/17 season and permanently moved the year after and has scored a combined six goals with three assists within forty-six games and 2,730 minutes.

After two seasons with Getafe, he completed a transfer to Malaga of which after nineteen games, he hasn’t yet hit the net and assisted only twice picking up three yellow cards. Now twenty-eight years old, Pacheco looks to be set playing within the lower leagues of Spain, predominantly the second division of Spanish football. The expectation of a move to Liverpool from Barcelona was too high and with decent records at a few clubs determine that Pacheco has never been the worst striker within the world but could never hit the heights of a Premier League or La Liga player.

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