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Canadian Liam Millar joins Charlton Athletic on loan and extends Liverpool deal

The Toronto native is headed for League One in search of regular first team minutes.

Liverpool U23 v Southampton U23: Premier League 2
Liam Millar of Liverpool U23 during the Premier League 2 match between Liverpool U23 and Southampton U23 at AXA Training Centre on November 21, 2020 in Kirkby, England.
Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

ST. JOHN’S, Canada—Following a successful first half to the season with the Liverpool under-23s, Liam Millar has signed a half-season loan with League One outfit Charlton Atheltic.

The Canadian international thrived in 2020 on the left-wing for the Liverpool academy team, scoring five goals and adding three assists in fourteen appearances across all competitions while also serving as club captain on several occasions.

Capped eight times for his country, the importance of getting regular first-team minutes to keep his stock high within the Canadian camp likely played a big role in the forward’s decision to head to Charlton.

This switch to South London is unique in that his father, Alan Millar, previously suited up for Charlton during his own playing career. The ‘Addicks’ are also primed for a promotion battle in 2021 as they currently sit sixth in the League One table with serious aspirations of climbing up to the EFL Championship to start next season.

Millar’s loan deal is his second in recent memory, having spent parts of the last two seasons in Scotland with Kilmarnock where he scored twice in 33 appearances. His spell in the Scottish Premiership was cut short last January when his parent club summoned him back to England.

Despite interest in his services across Europe this past summer, Liverpool opted to keep Millar in Merseyside with the under-23s to start the season.

While opportunities with the senior squad have been scarce to date, it looks as though Jurgen Klopp and co. still see a future for the youngster with the club as Millar extended his contract with the Reds before heading to England’s third tier for the remainder of the campaign.

To date, the 21 year old has made just one first-team appearance, debuting last February in an FA Cup fixture against Shrewsbury Town.

With the prospect of regular meaningful minutes moving forward, 2021 should be a pivotal year for Millar’s footballing future for both club and country.