Liverpool Ball Boy, 14, Who Assisted Trent Alexander-Arnold Corner Vs. Barcelona Scores His First Goal For U18s

Liverpool's 14-year-old ball boy hero Oakley Cannonier has already scored his first goal for the U18s.

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 against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final.

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 goal-kicks, 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.

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

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