‘Nothing Like That’ – Liverpool Youngster Lifts Lid On Training With First Team

Liverpool Under-23s defender Tony Gallacher has lifted the lid on what it is like training with the first-team at Melwood.

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Gallacher,
who arrived at the Academy in January 2018 from Falkirk, made his debut
for the seniors on League Cup duty against Aston Villa in December.

Since
arriving at the club the left-back has been invited to train at Melwood
with Jurgen Klopp’s side, and has revealed how ruthless the Reds are
even in training.

The Scotsman told Liverpool’s official
website: “You’d think in training maybe they’ll just rest a bit here and
there because of all the games they have – but it’s nothing like that.

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“The
training standard is just as high as it is in a game. I think that’s
why they’re able to go and do what they do over a consistent amount of
games.

“Because they’re training at such high standards,
when they go into games it’s no different and nothing changes. I think
the standard and the drive comes from all the players – not just like
Henderson the captain, Milner, Lallana as the more experienced ones, it
comes from everyone.”

Gallacher also sounded out the improvements he has made since joining the club.

“I’d
say knowing the game positional-wise, knowing what position to be in at
a certain time in a game and when to attack. Just general game
management, I’d say – that’s much more strict here.

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“Then
all of a sudden the press that Liverpool do is like no other team. It
took me a few weeks to learn how intense it was, just to get used to it
all.

“You sort of come into it like, ‘Is this how we’re
really doing it for 90 minutes?’ But that’s why they are where they are
right now – it works.”

The 20-year-old full-back also opened up on his whirlwind move to Liverpool from Falkirk.

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He
explained: “Initially I was meant to be going to Swansea on trial. I
was literally getting set up for Swansea and then a day or two before my
agent just called saying, ‘Yeah, Liverpool have come in last minute
giving you a trial, so we’ll go with that one straight away’.

“It
sort of happened really quick. I came in, trial and then on my way home
on the train with my dad that’s when I got told they wanted to give me a
contract. Then a couple of days later I was down and moved into digs.
It all happened in the blink of an eye.”