23-year-old Liverpool sold for only £1.3m has just played at the World Cup for Canada last night
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23-year-old Liverpool sold for only £1.3m has just played at the World Cup for Canada last night

Former Liverpool forward Liam Millar made his World Cup debut for Canada last night, 18 months after leaving Anfield.

The 23-year-old perhaps won’t be a name familiar to all that many Liverpool fans. But, having signed from Fulham in 2016, he spent five years with the Reds, playing a single game for the first team.

After a couple of semi-successful loans with Kilmarnock and Charlton Athletic, he joined Swiss side Basel in summer 2021.

Snapping him up for just £1.3m has turned out to be a real bargain for Basel. Millar bagged 10 goals in 45 games last season, although he’s found the net just once in 26 appearances this time around.

His introduction in the 81st minute couldn’t stop Canada falling to an unlucky 1-0 defeat to Belgium. But regardless of the result, it will have been a proud moment for Millar and his family. Congrats, Liam!

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Former Reds floundering in Qatar

Millar is just one of 16 former Liverpool players gracing the World Cup in Qatar (15 after Sadio Mane pulled out). When you consider that just seven current Reds are at the tournament, that’s quite a number.

So far, we’ve seen just six of those get any game time in the competition.

Two of those came for Wales, as both Neco Williams and Harry Wilson played most of their 1-1 draw with USA.

It was an emotional moment for Neco, as he learned of his grandfather’s passing earlier in the day.

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Meanwhile in the same group, Raheem Sterling was the only former – or current- Liverpool man to get a goal in Qatar. He bagged England’s third with a tidy close-range volley against Iran.

Of this crop of Anfield outcasts, only Sterling and Takumi Minamino were on the winning side. Minamino surprisingly started from the bench for Japan. But coming on at 1-0 down against Germany, Taki had a hand in his team turning it around for a famous 2-1 win.

Dejan Lovren rounds off the familiar faces we’ve seen in action this week. The centre-back played the full game as Croatia were held to a 0-0 draw by Morocco.

We could see four more players of Liverpool teams past on day five of the tournament today. All of Sebastian Coates, Luis Suarez, Marko Grujic and Xherdan Shaqiri are likely to get some game time in their countries opening matches.

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