Who is Liam Millar? The promising Liverpool striker set to sign for Sunderland

Steven Gerrard has helped progress the Liverpool youngster
Steven Gerrard has helped progress the Liverpool youngster
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Sunderland look set to complete the signing of Liverpool youngster Liam Millar - but what do we know about the striker who was highly-regarded by Steven Gerrard?

The striker is expected to complete a move to the Stadium of Light imminently, according to Roker Report.

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And while Millar looks likely to join up with Elliott Dickman's under-23 squad to begin with, he will be keen to catch the eye of Jack Ross and showcase his talent on a bigger stage.

But just who is the Candian striker looking set to join Sunderland?

Here's everything you need to know about Liam Millar:

Where has he played?

Millar certainly arrives with good pedigree having represented some big clubs both at home and abroad.

Born in Toronto, his career kicked-off in his homeland as he played for North Mississauga SC - a leading side in Ontario, Canada.

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But his big break came in 2013 when the striker, then just 13-years-old, was handed a move to Fulham.

He spent three years at Craven Cottage before teaming-up with Liverpool in 2016.

And he quickly excelled in the club's famous academy - marking his debut in the under-18 Premier League with a hat-trick against Blackburn Rovers.

Millar has history in the North East too, having put Hartlepool United to the sword with a hat-trick in last season's FA Youth Cup.
His pace and finishing ability saw coaches sit up and take notice and the striker was handed plenty of opportunities in the club's under-23 side earlier this year.

International honours have followed too, with Millar starting for Canada in a 1-0 win over New Zealand in March.

What type of player is he?

Comfortable playing as a lone striker or out wide, Millar certainly offers plenty of flexibility in the front line.

With pace and trickery aplenty, he can prove a real handful for defenders and has the end product to match his fine technical ability.

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Speaking about the teenager in 2016, then-manager Neil Critchley said: "He's a goalscorer. He can run down the side of defenders, he runs in behind, he gives them real problems with his movement and he's a good finisher off both feet.

"He's got a good brain, good awareness, very calm and can finish. He's a good player, a good all-round player."

His last manager, Steven Gerrard, also thought highly of Miller and appreciated his versatility.

It was the ex-England international who gave him the opportunity to feature for the club's under-23 side and he allowed Millar to play with plenty of freedom in the final third.

What is his goal-scoring record like?

It's hard to judge based solely off youth football, but Millar has a fairly good record in front of goal.

In his final season at Fulham, Millar netted 45 times in 32 games - while he finished his debut campaign at Anfield with six strikes from 17 outings.

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Last season, Millar featured in the UEFA Youth League and found the net twice in eight outings against some of Europe's most promising youngsters.

Why do Sunderland want to bring him in?

Sunderland are keen to start using their Category One academy status to their advantage.

It's some Charlie Methven alluded to when the club's takeover was finalised and the Black Cats are now flexing their muscles to bring in some top young talent.

The addition of Millar - along with that of Jack Bainbridge only days ago - signals something of a different recruitement policy.

Expect plenty more youngsters to join the ranks as Sunderland look to the future.