|Date of Birth||
16 December 1993
|Place of Birth||
Quintanar de la Orden, Toledo, Spain
In July 2011, Liverpool invited Albacete's Nacho for a trial with the Under 18s. The young midfielder impressed greatly with his play, netting four goals in two pre-season friendly games, earning the Spaniard a permanent switch to Liverpool. The deal is reported to be worth an initial £150,000, with an additional £100,000 due if Nacho debuts for the senior team and a following £320,000 if he makes 10 senior appearances. There is also a 15% sell-on clause. It is believed that Liverpool beat competition from the likes of Villarreal, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid for the young starlet's signature.
Despite his pre-season exploits, Nacho didn't figure for the Under 18s until the latter part of the 2011-12 season due to injury. He made his competitive debut on 24 February 2012 against Everton, and went on to feature in every remaining game for the side that season. He netted his first competitive goal for the side on 17 March 2012- a penalty- in a 5-2 victory over Sunderland, and added a further two for the season (including another penalty) to finish with stats of three goals in eight games. He also aided his side with several assists.
For the 2012-13 season, Nacho was promoted to the Under 21 setup. He had to wait to get his chances with the side however, and only began getting game time in the Spring of 2013. He turned in a number of impressive displays on his inclusion into the side, and netted his first U21s goal on 14 April 2013 in a match against West Brom. He finished his season with the U21s having made eight appearances, scoring the one goal.
In something of a surprise move however, Liverpool let Nacho leave ahead of the 2013-14 season. The reasons for this are unclear.