On-loan Kilmarnock youngster Liam Millar has opened up on the lesson he learned from Rangers manager Steven Gerrard after working with him in Liverpool’s youth academy.

Gerrard was in charge of the Canadian international last season and Millar explained how being dropped by the Anfield icon spurred him on.

ST HELENS, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Rafael Camacho (right) of Liverpool celebrates his goal with Curtis Jones and Liam Millar (centre) during the UEFA Youth League match between Liverpool and SSC Napoli at Langtree Park on December 11, 2018 in St Helens, United Kingdom.

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Millar will come up against his former coach this weekend and Miller admitted that Gerrard’s actions helped him improve.

“There was a time when I wasn’t playing well and he just dropped me. I was like ‘what?’ because I had never been dropped before,” Millar told the Daily Record.

“That shock motivated me to push on. From that point on I scored in every single game from when I got back in until Christmas.

ST HELENS, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Liam Millar of Liverpool and Niccolo Bartiromo of SSC Napoli in action during the UEFA Youth League match between Liverpool and SSC Napoli at Langtree Park on December 11, 2018 in St Helens, United Kingdom.

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“Little things like that – him trying to push me to get an edge – helped me.

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“When he first dropped me he didn’t say anything. Then if I needed a rest he would pull me aside and explain it and say others needed game time.”

Killie ended their recent run of poor form with a win over St. Mirren on Monday but Rangers really need to turn their results around before the international break.

DERBY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Liverpool U18 manager Steven Gerrard with his player Liam Millar (11) during the Derby County v Liverpool U18 Premier League game at the Derby County Academy on August 11, 2017 in Derby, England.

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Gerrard’s side have an eight-point gap either side of them in the league but fans will be expecting them to put in a decent performance after last night’s 2-0 defeat by Aberdeen.

With only nine games left in the season, there’s a real sense that the wheels are starting to come off if the Gers don’t do something quickly.