HARDGATE'S Tony Gallacher says that he is enjoying life at English giants Liverpool after making a January switch from Falkirk. 

The 18-year-old joined the Reds for a fee rumoured to be in the region of £250,000 and has joined up with the club’s under-23 squad. 

Left-back Gallacher played 90 minutes when he made his first start for the development side against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League 2 at the beginning of the month. 

Gallacher lined up alongside England internationals Danny Ings and Adam Lallana in an experienced Reds side. 

Nine-man Liverpool lost 1-0 but Gallacher admits that the experience is one that he relished. 

Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “To get my first start so soon and playing in a game of such high intensity, I really enjoyed it.

“It was an unbelievable game, end to end, very quick with both teams pressing and you didn’t have a lot of time on the ball.

“The pitch wasn’t the greatest but the game was high intensity and there was good quality going forward.

“Both teams defended well. Us going down to nine men didn’t help but the boys didn’t stop, we didn’t give up, we kept going at it and they were hanging on towards the end.

“This is a young group of players and sometimes you would expect heads to go down because there’s not that much experience but the boys stuck to it and we battled away.”

Gallacher was pictured with Scotland legend Kenny Dalglish when the Merseyside club announced his signing on their official website and indicates that the club have helped make it an easy transition into the squad.

He said:“It’s really good and I’m settling in very well.

“The boys are great and the coaching staff are all really helpful and I’m enjoying it so far.”

Gallacher, nephew of former Clydebank goalkeeper and Dumbarton goalkeeping coach Jim Gallacher, made 26 appearances for Falkirk across two seasons before securing his deal after a successful trial period at Liverpool’s training centre, Melwood.