Liam Millar has signed a professional contract for the very first time with Liverpool.

According to the Express, the youngster has been handed his first pro contract after impressing for Neil Critchley’s under-18s. After leaving Fulham, Millar scored a hat-trick on his debut for the Liverpool under-18s against Blackburn Rovers in the first game of the 2016/17 season.

Neil Critchley, manager of the under-18s, was asked about Millar last month and replied, “What I like about him is 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.

“We’ve been extremely pleased with him since he’s come in, he’s settled into the group straight away, it’s like he’s been here for years.

“He’s got a good brain, good awareness, very calm and can finish. He’s a good player, a good all-round player.”

It would seem as though Liverpool’s academy is constantly producing some of the best young talents in the country with players like Sheyi Ojo, Ovie Ejaria and Cameron Branagan begging to have their Premier League breakthroughs.

If Millar can continue his form for the under-18s then he will be in good stead to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Jordon Ibe and Raheem Sterling. It must be said, however, that there is a culture of over-hyping young talent in England which needs to stop for players to flourish without unnecessary pressure.

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