Liverpool fans might be uhappy at last night’s 5-0 Carabao Cup thrashing by Aston Villa – but one Scottish club was loving every second as they landed a six-figure windfall as a result of a 2018 transfer.

Former Falkirk star Tony Gallacher made his first-team debut for the Reds as Jurgen Klopp’s side’s commitments in the FIFA Club World Cup say Liverpool field their youngest ever starting XI.

Aston Villa's Ivorian striker Jonathan Kodjia (C) vies with Liverpool English midfielder Isaac Christie-Davies (L) and Liverpool's Scottish defender Tony Gallacher during the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England, on December 17, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /

Gallacher in action against Villa(Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The left-back made his debut for the Bairns four years ago before being lured south to join Liverpool’s famed Melwood Academy for £200,000 in 2018.

Gallacher has been a regular in Neil Critchley’s U23 side this season and will be hoping that his performance caught the eye – despite the unflattering scoreline.

His start in the 5-0 quarter-final defeat will land League One title hopefuls Falkirk at least another £100,000 on top of that, just in time for the January transfer window.


Miller and McCraken pose after their hiring as managers of Falkirk (Falkirk FC).

Falkirk bosses Lee Miller and David McCracken will be sure to be looking to get some of the unexpected bonus to boost their side’s promotion hopes after being confirmed as Ray McKinnon’s permanent successors last week.

Liverpool’s stars face Monterrey tomorrow in Qatar as they look to reach the Club World Cup final against Brazilians Flamengo.



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