Damien Comolli was asked, “Why have we loaned out Dani Pacheco?”
Liverpool’s Director of Football replied:
Dani has gone on loan because we want to see him play in the first team somewhere. 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 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. It’s a little bit like Peter Gulacsi, who is on loan at Hull City. We think Peter has got fantastic potential for the future, he’s done extremely well with the U21s for Hungary, he captained the team, he played in the Toulon tournament at the end of May against very good teams and he was outstanding, and we felt that this year was important for him for his development.
We will monitor both of them very closely.