Jon Flanagan says he is "living the dream" as he tries to forge a career at boyhood club Liverpool.
The lifelong Reds fan broke into Kenny Dalglish's side at the end of last season, and has continued his promising development with seven appearances this term.
Flanagan, a product of the club's Academy, made his debut in a 3-0 Premier League win over Manchester City at Anfield, and earned rave reviews for his performance at right-back.
The 19-year-old's progression was rewarded with a new contract in the summer and a call-up to Stuart Pearce's England Under-21 set-up for the first time in September.
"I still have to pinch myself when I think I'm involved in the Liverpool first-team on a regular basis," he told LFC magazine.
"This is what I've wanted to do all my life and I just feel lucky being around the club. It is like living the dream!"
Flanagan featured four times on Liverpool's route to Carling Cup final success but the form of Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly has restricted him to just three Premier League appearances this season.
"I haven't played as much as I would have liked to but I understand I am only young and I am still learning and in that sense it's been going well.
"I'm up at Melwood full-time now and it has been good for me to be in and around the first team.
"To play in the Premier League again recently was another positive and if I keep training hard hopefully I will be able to get more game time."