Pacheco inspired by Gerrard
Dani Pacheco believes Steven Gerrard's passion for self-improvement sets the perfect example.
Last Updated: 27/12/10 6:56pm
Dani Pacheco believes Steven Gerrard's passion for self-improvement sets the perfect example for younger members of the Liverpool squad.
Reds youngster Pacheco recently committed his future to the club by penning a two-year contract extension that ties him to Anfield until 2014.
He recognises that it will be hard to secure a regular first-team place, especially when established stars such as Gerrard are always trying to better themselves.
But Pacheco has been inspired by his skipper's work ethic and is determined to do everything in his power to fulfil his potential.
"Everyone can improve. Every day," Pacheco said in the Christmas edition of LFC Weekly.
"When you're 19 and you see Stevie trying to improve himself in training - with his left foot for example or maybe heading.
"If a player like him tries to improve, you realise how far you have to go if you want to reach the top."
Pacheco accepts that it is far too early in his development for comparisons to be made to Gerrard but he hopes to prove himself to be similarly versatile.
"We are completely different physically and I am not comparing myself to him because he is one of Liverpool's greatest players," Pacheco pointed out.
"But I know I can play a role in the team - try to help them - from that position (behind the striker).
"I have played a lot on the left and right for both Liverpool and Spain over the last few years and I will always play wherever the manager wants me to play.
"I understand Stevie has been everywhere for Liverpool - right-back, left-back, across the midfield and further forward.
"He is as complete as you can get now and there is so much I can learn from him."