Oakley Cannonier, Liverpool’s hero ball boy against Barcelona, has scored his first goal for the U18s. He’s 14.
The young lad shot to fame after his quick thinking allowed Trent Alexander-Arnold to take a rapid corner-kick to set-up Divock Origi for Liverpool’s fourth goal versus Barcelona in the Champions League.
Cannonier is now doing the business as a player. He scored his first goal for Liverpool U18s in a pre-season friendly against Burton Albion.
The Reds won 4-0 with Cannonier getting on the score-sheet. Jake Cain (2) and Niall Brookwell also scored for Barry Lewtas’ side.
Cannonier’s crucial part in Liverpool’s dramatic win over Barcelona got everyone talking including ex-Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho who praised his stunning effort.
“You want a quick throw-in, the ball boy needs to know that you want a quick throw-in. The ball needs to arrive fast. The goalkicks, the tempo of the game, the ball boys can also play a part in a good structure,” he said.
“I was a ball boy, a top ball boy… when I was a ball boy, I even knew where the players wanted the ball for a corner, so they didn’t need to touch the ball.
“A real football club, every detail is very, very important. In this game, the kid, very intelligent, very bright.
“I don’t know if he is an academy player or not, but the kid knew what he was going to do.
“Then [Trent] Alexander-Arnold, he read the situation fantastically well. Young kid, Champions League semi-final, tired, 80 minutes of football. He saw everything.
“And then of course, Origi, he could have put the ball over the bar, it’s not easy, but he put it there [in the goal].”
Oakley Cannonier. Remember the name.