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    Tuesday, 10 August 2021

    Liverpool striker speaks out after joining 'huge club'

    Former Liverpool academy star Liam Millar has described his recent exit from the club as a 'no-brainer'


    The Canadian forward joined FC Basel for a £1.3million fee last month, bringing to an end his five-year association with the Reds.

    Millar was recruited by Liverpool in 2016 and represented both the Under-18s and Under-23s during his time involved with the club's Academy.

    The 21-year-old also enjoyed loan spells at Kilmarnock and Charlton Athletic in recent seasons and was appreciated by both sets of supporters for his efforts.

    His Liverpool breakthrough never came.

    Millar made only one senior appearance for the  Reds when Jurgen  Klopp's side faced Shrewsbury Town in an FA Cup fourth-round replay at Anfield in February 2020.

    Reflecting on his Liverpool days, he told NTOF: "I always believed one day I would get my chance at Liverpool – I never stopped believing.

    "But the chance for me to get my opportunity was getting smaller and smaller. It was a no-brainer, with the stage I’m at in my career, to complete a move to another big club.

    "I am grateful for everything Liverpool did for me but I have to be playing regular minutes at a big club. Making my Liverpool debut was important for me. I wanted to play for the first-team. Yes, it was an U23s team, but nobody cares.

    "People will says that it was a youth team, but for me, I can say I played for Liverpool. That was a big thing in my career as I was the first Canadian to ever play for Liverpool. It was a big honour for me and it will live with me forever. It’s a big accomplishment.

    "They [ Basel ] are a huge club and known in the UK for being in the Champions League," added the former Liverpool Academy talent.

    "I think it’s the best step for my career. I could have went to the English Championship or Scottish Premiership, who knows. But Basel have big ambitions and that’s something I have for my career as well."

    Millar has already made three appearances for new side Basel, who sit top of the Swiss Super League after three matches played.

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