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Liverpool Ball Boy Who Set Up Trent Alexander-Arnold Corner Signs Professional Deal With Boyhood Club

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Liverpool Ball Boy Who Set Up Trent Alexander-Arnold Corner Signs Professional Deal With Boyhood Club

Liverpool have confirmed the young ball boy who played a vital role in their Champions League victory over Barcelona has signed a professional contract with the club.

The Reds demolished Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield in 2019 after losing the first leg of their semi-final 3-0 to secure a remarkable comeback.

Jurgen Klopp's side would win the competition for the sixth time in their history and one unknown kid play a huge role.

The most important goal, Divock Origi's second and the Reds' fourth, came from a quick corner taken by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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Young Oakely Cannonier handed the ball to Alexander-Arnold and he was part of the club's youth setup.

Aged 14 at the time, Oakley immediately threw the ball ball to Alexander-Arnold as Liverpool pressed in search of their fourth goal. It came, and the rest was history.

Jose Mourinho even praised Cannonier post-match in his analysis for RT.

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He said: "The goalkicks, the tempo of the game, the ball boys can also play a part in a good structure.

"In this game, the kid, very intelligent, very bright."

Following the semi-final win, it emerged Barcelona players moaned and became frustrated whenever they conceded a set-piece during the first leg and Liverpool used that to their advantage.

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Klopp subsequently sent a message to Carl Lancaster, a coaching mentor at club's Kirkby academy.

The teenager went onto to make headlines two months later as he scored his first goal for Liverpool U-18's.

Then in December 2020, a clip on Twitter surfaced showing the former ball boy producing an excellent finish against Burnley, which received widespread space across social media.

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Liverpool fans will be hoping that in years to come, that involvement as a ball boy won't be the only reason they remember the name Oakley Cannonier.

Topics: Liverpool, Trent Alexander-Arnold

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